\ ˈsküch How to pronounce scooch (audio) \
variants: or less commonly scootch
scooched also scootched; scooching also scootching; scooches also scootches

Definition of scooch

1 transitive + intransitive : to move a short distance by or as if by sliding The 8-year-old scooches over on the couch to nestle right up against this visitor.— Lauren Ritchie I sucked in my stomach and scooched sideways through the narrow passageway …— Susan Glaser … the first violins scootched themselves and their music stands back to make room for the afternoon's soloist …— Sarah Bryan Miller … just scootch every title down the list one spot.— Jacob Oller especially : to make room for another person by sliding the body while seated often used with over Can you scooch over a bit?
2 intransitive : to crouch (as in hiding) He scooched (down) behind the bushes.

First Known Use of scooch

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for scooch

variant of scouch, attested slightly earlier, probably expressive variant of crouch

Note: Sense 1, not attested until the mid-twentieth century, may be by association with scoot. Compare scrooch "to crouch, bend," a variant of scrouch, itself a variant of scrouge, and, with an additional nasal consonant, scrunch entry 1. Collectively, these appear to constitute a family of expressive verbs that suggest in one way or another compression of the body or some part of the body.

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“Scooch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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