from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An elasticized fabric ring used chiefly by women and girls to gather or fasten the hair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small elasticated ring of fabric placed around long hair to hold it in place behind the head.


After the company that made such rings.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
scrunch + -ie, as a scrunchie “scrunches” closed (Wiktionary)


  • Rapinoe called the scrunchie "both shockingly aweful and wonderfully tremendous" at the same time, she knew she had a potential trend-setting in DiMartino.

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  • Once, Alice's grandfather, Da, had given her a five-dollar bill when she told him she didn't have the kind of scrunchie that all the other girls had.

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  • Now, you're probably still wondering where the term "scrunchie" came from.


  • So the public simply adapted the name as "scrunchie," and it stuck.


  • The scrunchie was the perfect thing to wear, "and" She can put her hair up with anything she wants. "


  • I pulled my hair over to the side to show the scrunchie that was made from the same fabric.

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  • Make a scrunchie to tie up the hair, by cutting a long strip of fabric, sewing the sides together and inserting elastic.

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  • But staring down at the filthy clothes on the floor with the bloody hair scrunchie, something within her took pause.

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  • Carefully removing the blood-soaked scrunchie, she allowed her hair to fall to her shoulders, then parted back sections of it, sure that she would find a deep gash.

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  • Using water, she smoothed her hair back from her face, adjusting her scrunchie with a wince as she tried to avoid the tender spot caused by the deep gash in the back of her head.

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