scrunch·​ie | \ ˈskrən-chē How to pronounce scrunchie (audio) , ˈskru̇n- \
variants: or scrunchy
plural scrunchies

Definition of scrunchie

: a fabric-covered elastic used for holding back hair (as in a ponytail)

Examples of scrunchie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 25-year-old British pop star recently tweeted two images of herself as a small child: short hair tied up in a dozen tiny scrunchies, toddler hand struggling to apply pearlescent pink lipstick with any kind of precision. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "The Purest Fandom Is Telling Celebrities They’re Stupid," 30 Dec. 2019 Get a free Ultimate Swag pack (Hustle socks, a circle bag, scrunchies, and stickers) with any online purchase from December 1 to 2. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Where to Find the Best Black Friday Clothing and Fashion Deals This Year," 15 Oct. 2019 Step 4: Use a chic scrunchie to lock your hair in place and use a stylish hair accessory to bring the look together. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "3 Easy New Year’s Eve Hairstyles For Curly Hair," 27 Dec. 2019 There are even blankets, headphones, hair scrunchies, playing cards, and a giant, zip-up sleep sack all being offered by the fast-food chain to spice up your night in. Joelle Goldstein,, "You Want Socks with That? McDonald's Is Giving Away Free Loungewear for 1 Day Only," 19 Sep. 2019 Among the types of products that may end up being associated with the infant: hair accessories (barrettes, scrunchies, extensions, etc.), skin care (moisturizer, serums, face oils, etc.), fragrances, and nail polish, to name just a few. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Already Applied for Beauty Trademarks in Two-Week-Old Psalm West’s Name," 24 May 2019 But as is typical with the internet, what’s old is new, and young white women who identify as the scrunchie-wearing, turtle-loving VSCO girls have appropriated the phrase as their own. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "Feral hogs, Baby Yoda, and Kidz Bop Karen: This is 2019 in memes," 23 Dec. 2019 Caught in the sweep: everything from hair scrunchies to prescription drugs. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "To reach this Canadian island, mail crosses through Maine. Now U.S. agents are opening it.," 7 Dec. 2019 Help the teen girl in your life replenish her supply with this scrunchie 10-pack. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "The best gifts for teenage girls of 2019," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of scrunchie

1989, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Scrunchie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scrunchie

US : a piece of elastic in the shape of a circle that is covered with fabric and used to hold hair back in a ponytail, bun, etc.

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