\ ˈskrənch How to pronounce scrunch (audio) , ˈskru̇nch \
scrunched; scrunching; scrunches

Definition of scrunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : crunch, crush
2a : to draw or squeeze together tightly
b : crumple often used with up
c : to cause (something, such as one's features) to draw together usually used with up

intransitive verb

1 : to move with or make a crunching sound
2 : crouch, hunch also : squeeze



Definition of scrunch (Entry 2 of 2)

: a crunching sound

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Synonyms & Antonyms for scrunch

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of scrunch in a Sentence

Verb I scrunched down in the chair. I scrunched the fabric in my hand.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Comb through to remove all tangles, hang your head upside down, and scrunch the product in with your fingers. Wendy Sy, Allure, 23 Apr. 2021 Crumple: Use your fingers to scrunch the mask into a flat, disk-like shape; use a rubber band around the perimeter to hold it in place. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, 25 Aug. 2020 The idea is that by placing your hair atop your head, loosely wrapped in a cloth, curls will almost scrunch themselves — like an accordion — in a faster fashion when compared to traditional air-drying. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, 2 Aug. 2020 And voting itself often forces people to scrunch together in queues, touching the same polling-place door handles and touch screens and ink pads. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 June 2020 This allows the shrews to scrunch their spines up like inchworms, according to a statement, and withstand an enormous amount of force for their weight and size, which is comparable to that of a rat. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Apr. 2020 His sleeves were scrunched up, revealing his forearms. Emily J. Sullivan, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 These little net bags, which take up virtually no space in your suitcase, are perfect for scrunching up and bringing along just in case. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Apr. 2020 For far too long, the museum dedicated to Edvard Munch, the 20th-century Expressionist painter and arguably Norway’s most famous artist, was scrunched into a far-too-small venue east of Oslo’s city center. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just rub a bit between hands and comb or scrunch through ends. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2021 Apply to damp hair in sections or scrunch all over. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2020 The familiar soft scrunch of the bun, that salty-savory combo, that plasticky melted cheese were all there. Soleil Ho,, 24 Feb. 2020 Try towel scrunches: Start sitting in a chair with your heels on the floor and a towel under one forefoot. SELF, 13 Sep. 2018 Just spray it onto hair, then twirl and scrunch strands for distressed-looking waves. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, 14 May 2018 Long before Demna Gvesalia sent scrunches down the Balenciaga runway, the 85-year-old has been championing the divisive hair accessory., 21 Mar. 2018 On Wednesday, outside of her gym, Kim was spotted squatting on the sidewalk in a pair of her signature ankle-scrunch sweats, a tank, and some Yeezy sneakers, concentrating very hard on this exact dilemma. Rachel Torgerson, Cosmopolitan, 26 Oct. 2017 To revive curls in a pinch, spray a mixture of half water and half leave-in conditioner on the ends of your hair, and scrunch or style as usual. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of scrunch


circa 1790, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scrunch


alteration of crunch entry 1

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The first known use of scrunch was circa 1790

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18 May 2021

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“Scrunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scrunch

: to make your body lower or shorter by bending your legs, making your back bend forward, lowering your head, etc.
: to tighten the muscles of (your face or nose)
: to put (several or many people or things) in a space that is too small


\ ˈskrənch How to pronounce scrunch (audio) \
scrunched; scrunching

Kids Definition of scrunch

1 : to cause (as facial features) to draw together
2 : crouch entry 1, hunch … he … scrunched sideways until his back was against a small tree.— Gary Paulsen, Hatchet
3 : to draw or squeeze together tightly She scrunched her fists.

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