(noun, verb)


1. the sound of something crunching

- he heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path

Definition categories: event, noise

2. a critical situation that arises because of a shortage (as a shortage of time or money or resources)

- an end-of-the year crunch

- a financial crunch

Definition categories: state, situation

3. the act of crushing

Similar word(s): compaction, crush

Definition categories: act, compressing, compression


1. make a crushing noise

- his shoes were crunching on the gravel

Similar word(s): crackle, scranch, scraunch

Definition categories: communication, noise, resound

2. press or grind with a crushing noise

Similar word(s): cranch, craunch, grind

Definition categories: contact, press

3. chew noisily

- The children crunched the celery sticks

Similar word(s): munch

Definition categories: consumption, chew, jaw, manducate, masticate

4. reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading

Similar word(s): bray, comminute, grind, mash

Definition categories: change, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize

Sentences with crunch as a verb:

- When I came home, Susan was watching TV with her feet up on the couch, crunching a piece of celery.

- Beetles crunched beneath the men's heavy boots as they worked.

- That metadata makes it much easier for the search engine to crunch the data for queries.