Definition of scooch in English:

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Pronunciation: /skuːtʃ/
(also scootch)


[no object] North American informal
1Crouch or squat: he scooched down and rubbed the dog’s head
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  • Or, when Deeds is practicing his proposal to Pam, he makes Emilio scooch down in his chair, pretending to be her short self, speaking her part - ‘I think about you all the time,’ etc.
2Move in or pass through a tight or narrow space: waiters kept pressing against the table trying to scooch by
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  • ‘Careful, you don't wanna electrocute us,’ Toni teased, scooching over to him.
  • ‘Ouch,’ says Jake, scooching in his chair closer and looking over at me, a silly grin on his face.
  • She patted his knee and he scooched over slightly.
2.1Move a short distance, especially while seated: she scooched over to make room, then leaned against me
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  • The only good news was that I was able to scooch the wine cooler out of the way, without having to remove all 30 odd bottles of wine.
  • Without fail he yawned and put his arm around my shoulder, scooching closer.
  • He scooched closer to me and put his arm around my shoulder.


Mid 19th century: origin unknown.

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