- 1[intransitive] to make a loud sound like the one that is made when you walk on gravel (= small stones) synonym crunch The snow scrunched underfoot.
- 2[transitive] scrunch something (up) to squeeze something into a small round shape in your hands He scrunched up the note and threw it on the fire.
- 3[transitive] scrunch something (up) to make something become smaller The hedgehog scrunched itself up into a ball.
- 4[transitive] scrunch something to create a hairstyle with loose curls by squeezing the hair with the hands See related entries: Styling hair Word Origin late 18th cent. (in the sense ‘eat or bite noisily’): probably imitative; compare with crunch.
BrE BrE//skrʌntʃ//; NAmE NAmE//skrʌntʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scrunch
BrE BrE//skrʌntʃ//; NAmE NAmE//skrʌntʃ//he / she / it scrunches
BrE BrE//ˈskrʌntʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskrʌntʃɪz//past simple scrunched
BrE BrE//skrʌntʃt//; NAmE NAmE//skrʌntʃt//past participle scrunched
BrE BrE//skrʌntʃt//; NAmE NAmE//skrʌntʃt//-ing form scrunching
BrE BrE//ˈskrʌntʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskrʌntʃɪŋ//Styling hair