1. a romantic or sexual interest in someone, occas. the person itself [one’s emotions ‘crush’ their object].
|Maud (1939) 338: Wintie is weeping because her crush is gone.|
|Sun (N.Y.) 11 Apr. n.p.: A distinctly woman’s collegiate word is ‘crush.’ expressing a relationship between two girls hard to define. One girl, generally an underclassman, and usually a freshman, becomes much attached to another girl, ordinarily an upper-class girl.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) I 17: ‘Watch out for him, Saxon,’ Mary warned facetiously. ‘He’s liable to get a crush on you.’.|
|This Side of Paradise in Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald III (1960) 22: You got a crush on Froggy Parker. I guess everybody knows that.|
|(con. 1900s–10s) 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 70: I’ll be meeting all the girls I had crushes on.|
|Flirt and Flapper 53: Flirt: What is a heavy? Flapper: He’s the boy you’ve got a temporary crush on.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 140: I think he got a crush on Girlie.|
|Peyton Place (1959) 223: One fourteen-year-old who developed a crush on me.|
|Numbers (1968) 204: Hustling, Johnny would have spotted the man [...] as an easy mark — the kind who gets an instant crush.|
|Picture Palace 268: Shame on you. I think you got a crush on him.|
|Life and Times of Little Richard 22: Many of the boys would have crushes on other boys as friends, but mine was the whole thing.|
|8 Ball Chicks (1998) 33: She admitted she once had a crush on a boy in her gang.|
|Midnight Lightning 59: ‘Hendrix,’ she gushes, ‘was my first crush.’.|
|Keisha the Sket (2021) 35: he alwayz had a bit of a crush on me.|
|NY Rev. Books 9-22 Dec. 12/2: He was watching a girl he had a crush on.|
2. (lesbian) the vagina.
|Maledicta VI:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 131: Vagina [...] Crack, cunt, crush, quiff, quim.|
(US) pursuing a romantic infatuation.
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 1 Mar. 6/1: [pic. caption] Stine on the crush.|