Origin: var. of scunch, contr. from Late Middle English scuncheon from Old French escoinson from es- (from Classical Latin ex-) plush coin, corner: see coin
- to squint (the eyes)
- to pucker or screw up (the face, nose, brow, etc.)
- to squeeze or compress
Origin: squint plush (p)inch
- to squint, pucker, or contort
- to crouch down or draw oneself together so as to seem smaller
- to flinch
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Origin: Alteration of scuncheon, from Middle English sconchon, from Old French escoinson : es-, out of (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + coin, angle, wedge; see coin.
transitive verb squinched, squinch·ing, squinch·es
Origin: Alteration of squint.