Dix and Splash bounded about, now and then leaping up against Bunny as though they wanted to get the squirrel away from him.
I soon found that she desired to give the squirrel away with her own hands, and did not by any means consider me a sick soldier.
early 14c., from Anglo-French esquirel, Old French escurel (Modern French écureuil), from Vulgar Latin *scuriolus, diminutive of *scurius "squirrel," variant of Latin sciurus, from Greek skiouros "a squirrel," literally "shadow-tailed," from skia "shadow" (see shine (v.)) + oura "tail." Perhaps the original notion is "that which makes a shade with its tail." The Old English word was acweorna, which survived into Middle English as aquerne.
"to hoard up, store away" (as a squirrel does nuts), 1939, from squirrel (n.). Related: Squirreled; squirreling.
To distort the face; squint: The eyes are squinched with innocence and glint (1840+)