- 1[transitive, intransitive] crunch (on) something to crush something noisily between your teeth when you are eating She crunched her apple noisily.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] crunch (something) to make or cause something to make a noise like something hard being crushed synonym scrunch The snow crunched under our feet.
- 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move over a surface, making a loud crushing noise I crunched across the gravel to the front door.
- 4 [transitive] crunch something (computing) to deal with large amounts of data very quickly We are waiting for the results officials who are still crunching numbers. see also number crunching Word Origin early 19th cent. (as a verb): variant of 17th-cent. cranch (probably imitative), by association with crush and munch.Extra examples He was crunching loudly on an apple Snow crunched underfoot. He was crunching on a piece of toast. Phrasal Verbscrunch somethingup
BrE BrE//krʌntʃ//; NAmE NAmE//krʌntʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crunch
BrE BrE//krʌntʃ//; NAmE NAmE//krʌntʃ//he / she / it crunches
BrE BrE//ˈkrʌntʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌntʃɪz//past simple crunched
BrE BrE//krʌntʃt//; NAmE NAmE//krʌntʃt//past participle crunched
BrE BrE//krʌntʃt//; NAmE NAmE//krʌntʃt//-ing form crunching
BrE BrE//ˈkrʌntʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌntʃɪŋ//