1. [ noun ] the sound of something crunching

"he heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path"

Related terms: noise crump
2. [ verb ] make crunching noises
Synonyms: crackle scraunch scranch

"his shoes were crunching on the gravel"

Related terms: make_noise
3. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: situation situation
4. [ verb ] (food) chew noisily
Synonyms: munch

"The children crunched the celery sticks"

Related terms: chew munch
5. [ verb ] press or grind with a crunching noise
Synonyms: grind craunch cranch
Related terms: press tyrannize grind
6. [ verb ] make a crunching noise, as of an engine lacking lubricants
Synonyms: crackle thud scrunch scranch scraunch crump
Related terms: go make_noise crump
7. [ verb ] (food) reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
Synonyms: grind comminute bray mash

"grind the spices in a mortar" "mash the garlic"

Related terms: break_up mill pestle pulp powder grinding masher grinding molar crush grind
8. [ noun ] the act of crushing
Synonyms: compaction crush
Related terms: compression grind squash compress crush
Similar spelling:   crunchy