squinch


1squinch

verb \ˈskwinch\

Definition of SQUINCH

transitive verb
1
:  to screw up (the eyes or face) :  squint
2
a :  to make more compact
b :  to cause to crouch down or draw together
intransitive verb
1
:  flinch
2
:  to crouch down or draw together
3
:  squint

Examples of SQUINCH

  1. <squinched down to fit under the table>
  2. <squinched up her eyes in disgust>

Origin of SQUINCH

probably blend of squint and pinch
First Known Use: 1835

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2squinch

noun

Definition of SQUINCH

:  a support (as an arch, lintel, or corbeling) carried across the corner of a room under a superimposed mass

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Origin of SQUINCH

alteration of earlier scunch back part of the side of an opening
First Known Use: circa 1840

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