Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

squash

play
verb \ˈskwäsh, ˈskwȯsh\

Simple Definition of squash

  • : to press (something) into a flat or flatter shape

  • : to stop (something) from continuing by doing or saying something

  • : to move into a space that is very tight or crowded

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of squash

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to press or beat into a pulp or a flat mass :  crush

  3. 2 :  put down, suppress <squash a revolt>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to flatten out under pressure or impact

  6. 2 :  to proceed with a splashing or squelching sound <squash through the mud>

  7. 3 :  squeeze, press

squasher noun

Examples of squash in a sentence

  1. He squashed his nose against the window.

  2. His poor performance squashed any hope he had of a promotion.

  3. The boss squashed my idea immediately.

  4. Someone had squashed all the ribbons together in one box.



Origin of squash

alteration of Middle English squachen to crush, annul, from Anglo-French esquacher, from Old French es- ex- + quachier to hide from view, from Vulgar Latin *coacticare to press together — more at cache


First Known Use: 1565

Rhymes with squash


2

squash

noun

Definition of squash

  1. 1 obsolete :  something soft and easily crushed; specifically :  an unripe pod of peas

  2. 2 :  the sudden fall of a heavy soft body or the sound of such a fall

  3. 3 :  squelch 1

  4. 4 :  a crushed mass

  5. 5 British :  sweetened citrus fruit juice often served with added soda water

  6. 6 :  a singles or doubles game played in a 4-wall court with a long-handled racket and a rubber ball that can be hit off any number of walls



1590

First Known Use of squash

1590


3

squash

adverb

Definition of squash

  1. :  with a squash or a squashing sound



1766

First Known Use of squash

1766


4

squash

noun

Definition of squash

plural squashes or squash

  1. :  any of various fruits of plants (genus Cucurbita) of the gourd family widely cultivated as vegetables; also :  a plant and especially a vine that bears squashes — compare summer squash, winter squash



Origin of squash

by shortening & alteration from earlier isquoutersquash, from Narragansett askútasquash


First Known Use: 1634

Other Seed Plant Terms



SQUASH Defined for Kids

1

squash

play
verb \ˈskwäsh\

Definition of squash for Students

squashedsquashing

  1. :  to beat or press into a soft or flat mass :  crush




2

squash

play
noun

Definition of squash for Students

  1. :  the fruit of a plant related to the gourd that comes in many varieties and is usually eaten as a vegetable




Medical Dictionary

squash

play
noun \ˈskwäsh, ˈskwȯsh\

Medical Definition of squash

  1. :  a bit of tissue crushed between a slide and cover glass and stained in situ especially for cytological study of chromosomes





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up squash? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

expressing little or no emotion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ