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Friday, December 07, 2018

Definitions for scrooch

  1. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. to crouch, squeeze, or huddle (usually followed by down, in, or up).

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Citations for scrooch
When you want to get up again, you sort of scrooch forward and the chair comes up straight so you don't have to dislocate your sciatica trying to get out of the pesky thing. Charlotte MacLeod, Something the Cat Dragged In, 1984
Myr Korso, please tell him to scrooch down if he has to be there. James Tiptree, Jr., Brightness Falls from the Air, 1985
Origin of scrooch
1835-1845
Scrooch “to crouch, squeeze, huddle” was originally a U.S. colloquial and dialect word. It is probably a variant of scrouge “to squeeze, crowd,” itself a blend of the obsolete verb scruze “to squeeze” and gouge. To make things even more unclear, scruze itself is a blend of screw and bruise. Scrooch entered English in the 19th century.