\ 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

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 The key, said Neale, is not to scrunch, but to leave your hair well alone when air-drying to avoid frizz. Jacqueline Kilikita,, 3 Aug. 2022 Street vendors cross East Asia scrunch small pieces of meat onto skewers and baste them over hot coals with a sweet and savory sauce. Christopher Kimball, USA TODAY, 3 June 2022 The ultra-soft towel can be used to scrunch or plop hair to define curls, all while drying. ELLE, 8 July 2022 Once the hair is completely dry, gently scrunch your hair again to break the gel cast. Andrea Jordan, Good Housekeeping, 17 June 2022 Rake the product through and scrunch the ends of your hair up towards the roots. Andrea Jordan, Good Housekeeping, 17 June 2022 Take care of your hair and when wanting a certain look, scrunch some product gently into the hair to create separation. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Next, spray the loose pieces with texture spray and scrunch them with your fingers to create definition. Mariah Morrison, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 May 2022 According to the Mayo Clinic, this sleeping position naturally puts a lot of pressure on your neck and back, causing your lower back to arch and your shoulders to scrunch upward. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 15 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The tongue is also ventilated and has been redesigned to reduce toe scrunch, which improves comfort. Owen Clarke, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 Simply spritz, scrunch, and watch your hair become perfectly beachy. ELLE, 21 May 2022 In lieu of washing and re-styling daily, which can worsen damage, try this hydrating aloe and mango mist on dry hair between washes and scrunch., 20 Apr. 2022 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 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Scrunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for scrunch


\ 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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