- 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
1830–40; origin uncertain; cf. squint
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Related Words for squinchedpeek, peep, look, squinch, blanch, buck, jerk, shy, wince, leap, bounce, bound, jump, startle, recoil, bolt, blench, spring, quail, dart
Examples from the Web for squinched
Historical Examples of squinched
The cowboy nodded gravely and squinched his humorous eyes at the fire.Bat Wing Bowles
- 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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