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.
peek, peep, look, squinch, blanch, buck, jerk, shy, wince, leap, bounce, bound, jump, startle, recoil, bolt, blench, spring, quail, dart
- squinting modifier,
Origin of squinch2
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.Bat Wing Bowles|Dane Coolidge
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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1840, of faces. Related: Squinched; squinching.
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