scrunch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scrunch make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in "The dress got wrinkled","crease the paper like this to make a crane"
    • v scrunch sit on one's heels "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting","The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"
    • v scrunch make a noise typical of an engine lacking lubricants
    • n scrunch a crunching noise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t. & v. i Scrunch To scranch; to crunch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scrunch To crush, as with the teeth; crunch; hence, to grind or keep down.
    • scrunch To squeeze; crush.
    • scrunch To crunch; make a crushing, crunching noise.
    • n scrunch A harsh, crunching sound.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Scrunch skrunsh to crunch: to crush
    • n Scrunch a harsh, crunching sound
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Scranch Crunch

Usage

In literature:

Her eyes were all scrunched up now with trying to remember about it.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
I donno what it is about such things, but they make somethin' scrunch inside o' you.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
Instantly there was a rush of feet and a scrunch of wheels.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
He's got it all scrunched up, settin' on it.
"Mrs. Tree" by Laura E. Richards
There was no scrunch of footsteps, the snow muffled all such sounds.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum
No one had ever caught her in his great strong arms in a quick embrace that seemed to scrunch her whole being.
"A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
Just then the horn scrunched its anxious message.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
Supper this evening was deathly silent; except for the scrunching over my salad, just like footsteps on the gravel.
"Miss Million's Maid" by Bertha Ruck
I can hear my bones scrunch between those strong white teeth of yours when you look at me like that.
"The Trail of Conflict" by Emilie Baker Loring
It was not a Father kiss with two tight arms and a scrunching pain.
"The Sick-a-Bed Lady" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The scrunch of wheels on gravel brought me off the bed several times, but it turned out to be cars going into the restaurant next door.
"Four and Twenty Beds" by Nancy Vogel
Later on the shuffling of Si-wash's moccasins scrunching upon the pine-cones made itself heard.
"The Way of the Strong" by Ridgwell Cullum
They heard the sound of wheels scrunching the gravel outside, and wondered who was arriving so late.
"The Mandarin's Fan" by Fergus Hume
Far above him the stars were shining, the snow scrunched beneath his feet.
"The Diamond Fairy Book" by Various
He was aroused by a scrunching noise, and woke with a start.
"A Galahad of the Creeks; The Widow Lamport" by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
Along the road came the unmistakable sound of horses' hoofs, and the scrunch-scrunch of swiftly-revolving wheels on the sandy surface.
"The Black Moth" by Georgette Heyer
A sound was heard, a scrunching impossible to describe, as the two skulls cracked together.
"Roumanian Stories" by Various
As they reached the heath, they heard the scrunch of a horse's hooves upon the ground they had just traversed.
"Star of Mercia" by Blanche Devereux
The crowd waited to hear Atlas scrunching; but he only roared.
"Sport Royal" by Anthony Hope
His glasses tumbled from his nose, and his feet scrunched them unnoted into the rug.
"The Walking Delegate" by Leroy Scott
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In poetry:

I've had a naughty day to-day.
I scrunched a biscuit in my hair,
And dipped my feeder in the milk,
And spread my rusk upon a chair.
"The Naughty Day" by Fay Inchfawn
Thet Agent man know'd how to run
The business real handy;
An' him an' Deely sot an' laugh'd,
An' scrunch'd a pile o' candy;
An' talk'd about the singin' skule--
An' stars--an' Spense's kickin' mule--
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
It was a Jolly Miller lived on the River Dee;
He looked upon his piller, and there he found a flea:
"O Mr. Flea! you have bit' me,
And you shall shorely die!"
So he scrunched his bones against the stones--
And there he let him lie!
"The Jolly Miller" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

HOT SPRINGS — Written in green, seven names for the Southwest Stakes were scrunched in the right-hand column of an erase board under some handicap horses in black and some fillies in blue.
These scrunched suede booties will have you walking tall this fall with its four-inch wedge heel on one-inch platform.
Rick Perry was unusually animated, scrunching his face and gesticulating wildly, during a 25-minute speech in New Hampshire last Friday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth.
CHICAGO — Less than a month old, Savan­nah Dan­nel­ley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gen­tly squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth.
Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth.
So he'd grab his belly, and his head would fling back, nose scrunched, feet flailing.
I arched eyebrow, scrunched forehead, yawned.
Inside, the ceiling is rotting, toilets don't work and students scrunch hip-to-hip behind narrow desks.
At Vermillion — polar bears, scrunched-up deer and other critters.
I scrunched my face reading Richard Russo's baggy introduction -- bookstores , he tells us, "are places of genuine wonder".
With that increase in height and angle I'm sure it's putting more pressure on those precious little toes that are scrunched into the toe of your high heels.
Pear and Dried Cherry Scrunch.
Either go with your natural texture, like Kristen Stewart did here, or spritz a salt-water spray onto strands, and scrunch from ends to roots.
When women sniffed "fear sweat," they opened their eyes wide in a scared expression, while those smelling sweat from disgusted men scrunched their faces into a repulsed grimace.
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