verb (used with object)

  1. to crunch, crush, or crumple.
  2. to contract; squeeze together: I had to scrunch my shoulders to get through the door.

verb (used without object)

  1. to squat or hunker (often followed by down).


  1. the act or sound of scrunching.


  1. to crumple, crush, or crunch or to be crumpled, crushed, or crunched


  1. the act or sound of scrunching

v.1825, “to bite,” intensive form of crunch (v.); ultimately imitative. Meaning “to squeeze” is recorded from 1835 (implied in scrunched). Related: Scrunching.

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