- to crunch, crush, or crumple
- to hunch, huddle, or squeeze
Origin: from crunch, with emphatic initial s-
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verb scrunched, scrunch·ing, scrunch·es verb, transitive
- To crush or crunch.
- To crumple or squeeze; hunch: scrunched up their shoulders; scrunch one's nose against a window.
- To hunch: “The men scrunched closer” (Susan Dworski).
- To move with or make a crunching sound: scrunching along the gravel path.
Origin: Probably alteration of crunch.
- scrunchˈa·ble adjective