Meaning of “scrunch” in the English Dictionary

"scrunch" in British English

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uk /skrʌntʃ/ us /skrʌntʃ/

scrunch verb (MAKE A NOISE)

[ I or T ] to make the noise produced by hard things being pressed together, or to press hard things together so that they make a noise:

The pebbles scrunched beneath our feet.
We scrunched snow under our feet.

scrunch verb (MAKE SMALL)

[ I or T, + adv/prep ] to make something or yourself smaller to fit into a small space:

The cat was hiding, scrunched up under the sofa.

[ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] to make your face or part of your face into a tight shape in order to show an emotion, or to go into a tight shape that expresses an emotion:

He was red with anger and his face was all scrunched up.

(Definition of “scrunch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scrunch" in American English

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scrunchverb [ I/T ]

us /skrʌntʃ/

to press or crush something together:

[ I ] He scrunched down to hide in a nearby doorway.

(Definition of “scrunch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)