To scrunch is to crumple or crush something. In the process of writing your novel by hand, you'll have to scrunch a lot of pages and toss them into the trash can.

You can scrunch up you sister's favorite shirt and shove it back in her drawer after she says you can't borrow it, and you can also scrunch up your face in anger. Use this verb whenever you crease, wrinkle, crush, or squeeze something into a mass. It's also a good term for a crunching sound: "I heard a scrunch in the dry leaves under my window." Scrunch arose as an intensive form of crunch, originally meaning "to bite."

Definitions of scrunch
  1. verb
    make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in
    synonyms: crease, crinkle, crisp, ruckle, scrunch up, wrinkle
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    cockle, crumple, knit, pucker, rumple
    to gather something into small wrinkles or folds
    pucker, ruck, ruck up
    become wrinkled or drawn together
    type of:
    fold, fold up, turn up
    bend or lay so that one part covers the other
  2. verb
    sit on one's heels
  3. verb
    make a noise typical of an engine lacking lubricants
    synonyms: crump, thud
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    type of:
    crackle, crunch, scranch, scraunch
    make a crushing noise
  4. noun
    a crunching noise
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    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
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