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squinch2

[skwinch]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to contort (the features) or squint.
  2. to squeeze together or contract.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to squeeze together or crouch down, as to fit into a smaller space.
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Origin of squinch2

1830–40; origin uncertain; cf. squint
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Historical Examples

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

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British Dictionary definitions for squinched

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
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Word Origin

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

squinch

v.

1840, of faces. Related: Squinched; squinching.

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