Etymology
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squinch (v.)

1840 (transitive), of faces; intransitive use from 1843. Perhaps related to squinch "narrow opening in a building" (c. 1600). Also compare squink-eyed (1630s), variant of squint-eyed, so perhaps it is at least partly an altered form of squint. Related: Squinched; squinching.

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Definitions of squinch
1
squinch (v.)
crouch down;
squinch (v.)
draw back, as with fear or pain;
Synonyms: flinch / funk / cringe / shrink / wince / recoil / quail
squinch (v.)
cross one's eyes as if in strabismus;
Synonyms: squint
2
squinch (n.)
a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire);
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