\ 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

crinkle, crumple, rumple, wrinkle

Antonyms: Verb

flatten, iron out, smooth, smoothen, uncrumple

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Examples of scrunch in a Sentence


I scrunched down in the chair. I scrunched the fabric in my hand.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And Courreges’ was a trendy white nylon bag scrunched into a camping-style toggle pouch with the show information inside. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018 Made from narrow, zigzagged raffia tape, this mega-hat is easy to pin or scrunch back, so the face is visible and less communal space is taken. Linda Dyett, The Seattle Times, "Hats are big this summer. Really, really big," 16 Aug. 2018 Camila, in turn, has her arm around his waist, and her face is scrunched up in a sweet smile. Perhaps more telling than the photo itself is the caption. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Posts Kissing Photo With Charles Melton," 7 Oct. 2018 Judiciary Committee staffers sat scrunched up behind senators, with barely enough room for their legs and knees that were wedged up against the backs of chairs occupied by their bosses on the dais. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Dramatic testimony from Kavanaugh, Ford included outrage, emotion, history," 27 Sep. 2018 The penalty box attendant scrunched his face, disgusted, as Coleman started chugging. Alex Prewitt,, "The NHL Penalty Box Is a Small Glass Case Made for Oddities," 19 Apr. 2018 When the 4 sheets have been molded to your head, roll the bottom edges upward, scrunching them together to create a brim around the hat. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018 Summerfest, 1998: A woman wearing a pink halter top and gold jewelry rubbed sunscreen on her daughter's scrunched nose. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 1998 featured scrunchies, tie-dye and Widespread Panic," 28 June 2018 At the café, Dehlin scrunches his long legs into our booth. Sarah Scoles, Longreads, "Meet the New Mormons," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Try towel scrunches: Start sitting in a chair with your heels on the floor and a towel under one forefoot. SELF, "7 Ways to Treat Your Feet During Marathon Training," 13 Sep. 2018 Just spray it onto hair, then twirl and scrunch strands for distressed-looking waves. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Bumble and Bumble’s Beach Wave Spray Has a New Scent," 14 May 2018 Long before Demna Gvesalia sent scrunches down the Balenciaga runway, the 85-year-old has been championing the divisive hair accessory., "Photographic Proof Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Always Loved Scrunchies," 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, "This Pic of Kim K Wearing Sweats and Deciding on a Green Juice Wins the Internet Today," 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, "18 Life-Changing Hacks for Curly Hair," 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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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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