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

squelch

play
verb \ˈskwelch\

Simple Definition of squelch

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

Full Definition of squelch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to fall or stamp on so as to crushb (1) :  to completely suppress :  quell <squelch resistance> (2) :  silence <squelched the protesters>

  3. 2 :  to emit or move with a sucking sound

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to emit a sucking sound

  6. 2 :  to splash through water, slush, or mire

squelch·er noun

Examples of squelch

  1. <immediately squelched any signs of rebellion>

  2. <his irritated glare squelched any other potential objectors>



Origin of squelch

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1624

Rhymes with squelch


2

squelch

noun

Definition of squelch

  1. 1 :  a sound of or as if of semiliquid matter under suction <the squelch of mud>

  2. 2 :  the act of suppressing; especially :  a retort that silences an opponent

squelchy adjective


1895

First Known Use of squelch

1895



Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez duvet spindrift kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ