\ 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 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, "How to Make Your Own Tie-Dye Face Masks," 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, "Hair Plopping Is the Easiest Way to Dry Your Curly Hair," 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, "Protect the vote, or the voter? In African elections, no easy choice.," 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, "Hero Shrews’ Extreme, Superstrong Backbones Are the Stuff of Legend," 30 Apr. 2020 His sleeves were scrunched up, revealing his forearms. Emily J. Sullivan, New York Times, "I Gave My Tinder Date Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease," 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, "9 Best Tote Bags, Whether You're Traveling or Grocery Shopping," 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, "9 Museum Openings Worth Planning Trips Around in 2020," 3 Mar. 2020 Ruffalo scrunches his face to play a man with a mission, a political prophet consumed with zeal. Armond White, National Review, "Dark Waters Drowns in Sanctimony," 20 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Apply to damp hair in sections or scrunch all over. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "21 Best Curly Hair Products to Help You Finally Master Your Curls," 3 Aug. 2020 The familiar soft scrunch of the bun, that salty-savory combo, that plasticky melted cheese were all there. Soleil Ho,, "I miss New York City-style breakfast sandwiches, and that’s OK.," 24 Feb. 2020 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


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The first known use of scrunch was circa 1790

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“Scrunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 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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