\ ˈskwäsh How to pronounce squash (audio) , ˈskwȯsh \
squashed; squashing; squashes

Definition of squash

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to press or beat into a pulp or a flat mass : crush
2 : put down, suppress squash a revolt

intransitive verb

1 : to flatten out under pressure or impact
2 : to proceed with a splashing or squelching sound squash through the mud
3 : squeeze, press


noun (1)

Definition of squash (Entry 2 of 4)

1 obsolete : something soft and easily crushed specifically : an unripe pod of peas
2 : the sudden fall of a heavy soft body or the sound of such a fall
4 : a crushed mass
5 British : sweetened citrus fruit juice often served with added soda water
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



Definition of squash (Entry 3 of 4)

: with a squash or a squashing sound


noun (2)
plural squashes or squash

Definition of squash (Entry 4 of 4)

: 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

Other Words from squash


squasher noun

Synonyms for squash

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of squash in a Sentence

Verb He squashed his nose against the window. His poor performance squashed any hope he had of a promotion. The boss squashed my idea immediately. Someone had squashed all the ribbons together in one box.

First Known Use of squash


1565, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1766, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

Noun (2)

by shortening & alteration from earlier isquoutersquash, from Narragansett askútasquash

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“Squash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squash. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for squash


\ ˈskwäsh How to pronounce squash (audio) \
squashed; squashing

Kids Definition of squash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of squash (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ ˈskwäsh, ˈskwȯsh How to pronounce squash (audio) \

Medical Definition of squash

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

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