squinch

1
[skwinch]
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noun Architecture.
  1. a small arch, corbeling, or the like, built across the interior angle between two walls, as in a square tower for supporting the side of a superimposed octagonal spire.

Origin of squinch

1
1490–1500; variant of scunch, short for scuncheon, Middle English sconch(e)on < Middle French escoinson, esconchon; see sconcheon

squinch

2
[skwinch]
verb (used with object)
  1. to contort (the features) or squint.
  2. to squeeze together or contract.
verb (used without object)
  1. to squeeze together or crouch down, as to fit into a smaller space.

Origin of squinch

2
1830–40; origin uncertain; cf. squint
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Historical Examples of squinch

  • Business was business with Mr. Squinch, and social calls should be discouraged.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester

  • “Suppose that we say twenty-five hundred,” resumed Mr. Squinch.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester

  • Mr. Turner, Mr. Squinch and Mr. Fester looked at one another in turn.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester

  • To him Mr. Squinch made his first observation, and it was almost with a snarl.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester

  • After thet, hit got so't every time they heerd a squinch owl holler, they'd begin a-shootin' into the bresh with their rifle guns.

    The Gold Girl

    James B. Hendryx


British Dictionary definitions for squinch

squinch

noun
  1. a small arch, corbelling, etc, across an internal corner of a tower, used to support a superstructure such as a spireAlso called: squinch arch

Word Origin for squinch

C15: from obsolete scunch, from Middle English sconcheon, from Old French escoinson, from es- ex- 1 + coin corner
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Word Origin and History for squinch
v.

1840, of faces. Related: Squinched; squinching.

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