- 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 squinch1
- to contort (the features) or squint.
- to squeeze together or contract.
- to squeeze together or crouch down, as to fit into a smaller space.
Origin of squinch2
Related Words for squinchgleam, glimmer, twinkle, peek, peep, nictitate, flash, bat, blink, sparkle, nictate, glitter, squint, squinch, look, blanch, buck, jerk, shy, wince
Examples from the Web for squinch
Historical Examples of squinch
Business was business with Mr. Squinch, and social calls should be discouraged.
“Suppose that we say twenty-five hundred,” resumed Mr. Squinch.
Mr. Turner, Mr. Squinch and Mr. Fester looked at one another in turn.
To him Mr. Squinch made his first observation, and it was almost with a snarl.
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
- 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
1840, of faces. Related: Squinched; squinching.