\ˈskrənch, 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

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 His head is bopping, his feet are tapping, his face is slightly scrunched, all while appearing oblivious to the surrounding passengers slipping him the side-eye, both left and right. Grace Dickinson,, "How to slay at the U.S. Air Guitar Regional Championships in Philadelphia," 27 June 2018 Being awake, truly awake, not lying in bed with my eyes scrunched closed, felt deviant. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, "How Learning to Love Insomnia Finally Put Me to Sleep," 29 May 2018 So, after misting on the hairspray and breaking up the curls, Marjan will rub a thin layer of Fatboy Sea Salt Pomade between her hands and scrunch it in to the ends of the hair to add some piece-y texture and hold. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Finally: How to Make Your Aggressively Straight Hair Hold a Curl," 29 May 2018 Spray a bunch in and scrunch the hair with your hands or dry with a diffuser for lots of kinky fun curl. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Shop Every Beauty Product Drew Barrymore Swears By," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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The first known use of scrunch was circa 1790

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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 \
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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