or scrootch


verb (used without object) Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.

to crouch, squeeze, or huddle (usually followed by down, in, or up).

Origin of scrooch

1835–45; apparently variant of scrouge, influenced in meaning by crouch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scrooched

Historical Examples of scrooched

  • So I scrooched down and laid low in that old nest, and didn't move or let on in any way that I was there.

    How Mr. Rabbit Lost his Tail

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • He scrooched down behind the fence and whispered to me to come over into the orchard.

    Mitch Miller

    Edgar Lee Masters

British Dictionary definitions for scrooched



Midland English dialect to scratch (the skin) to relieve itching
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