crunchier; crunchiest
: making a crunching sound when chewed or pressed
crunchy lettuce
crunchily adverb
crunchiness noun

Examples of crunchy in a Sentence

These cookies are very crunchy.
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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crunchy was in 1913

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“Crunchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


crunchier; crunchiest
: making a crunching sound (as when bitten or chewed)

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