verb (used with object)

to contort (the features) or squint.
to squeeze together or contract.

verb (used without object)

to squeeze together or crouch down, as to fit into a smaller space.

Nearby words

  1. squill,
  2. squilla,
  3. squillagee,
  4. squillion,
  5. squinancy,
  6. squinny,
  7. squint,
  8. squint-eyed,
  9. squinting modifier,
  10. squinty

Origin of squinch

1830–40; origin uncertain; cf. squint

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Examples from the Web for squinched

  • The cowboy nodded gravely and squinched his humorous eyes at the fire.

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British Dictionary definitions for squinched



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 squinched



1840, of faces. Related: Squinched; squinching.

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