squash

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verb

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

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
squasher noun

squash

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noun (1)

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
3
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

squash

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adverb

: with a squash or a squashing sound

squash

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noun (2)

plural squashes or squash
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Priced at $109 per person for a four-course fixed menu, dishes included options such as oysters, squash risotto and duck breast. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Some flowers that are considered edible include alliums, nasturtiums, marigolds, pansies, borage, chamomile, and squash blossoms. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 To many of these constituents, a ballpark represents a final nail in the coffin — capital squashing art, the jocks exiling the freaks. David Hudnall, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 Flag football will be joined by baseball/softball, cricket, lacrosse and squash at LA 2028. Ben Morse, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 Once the client has landed on a turquoise cuff bracelet or squash blossom necklace to take home, one final step is carried out before the jewelry changes hands. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 30 Jan. 2024 Advertisement Perhaps Baltimoreans will see their AFC-leading Ravens squash the visiting Houston Texans Saturday behind presumptive league MVP Lamar Jackson. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Jan. 2024 Lipa squashed Kimmel’s hopes, confirming that’s not the date. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024 Get The Recipe 08 Summer Squash Casserole Can't decide between zucchini or squash for your Easter meal? Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 2 Feb. 2024
Noun
Get The Recipe 02 of 47 Lemon Chicken Pasta Swap out the zucchini with yellow squash for an easy summer twist to this radiant chicken pasta dish. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 16 Feb. 2024 Fried squash blossoms at Funke in Beverly Hills Ana Lui Chef-owner Evan Funke Ana Lui In 1933, Mrs. Rosamond Borde opened The Georgian in Santa Monica, just across from the iconic pier. Jason Sheeler, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Feb. 2024 Patrons can order shrimp served with a creamy sauce made with vanilla extract, a chayote squash soup with vanilla seeds, a vanilla liqueur drink called Papenteco Kiss and plantains flambéed with vanilla ice cream. Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Get The Recipe 50 of 70 Layered Squash Casserole Transform your squash into this rich and creamy casserole. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024 While the group stopped every 15 seconds to take pictures and buy souvenirs, Ruiz stayed on point, picking out a whole chicken, bright yellow feet still attached; a big, bulbous squash; tomatoes and tomatillos; avocado leaves; thyme and oregano. Flora Stubbs, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 Basil and bok choy, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash, marigolds and zinnias are all coming along. Page Leggett, Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 The salad had a multitude of flavors and textures — corn ribs; popped corn; fresh, grassy corn sprouts; a blue corn tortilla chip; black tepary beans; and squash puree wrapped in a sheet of soft squash — that worked together, just like a good three sisters garden does. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, 25 Jan. 2024 Seed-to-Skin Squash and Sage Pasta In this fall pasta, sage plays double-duty in flavoring the squash sauce and as a fun garnish alongside roasted squash seeds and skin. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

1565, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1766, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1634, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of squash was in 1565

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Cite this Entry

“Squash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squash. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

squash

1 of 3 verb
ˈskwäsh How to pronounce squash (audio)
ˈskwȯsh
1
: to press or beat into a pulp or a flat mass : crush
squash a beetle
2
: to put an end to by force : suppress, squelch
squash a revolt
3
: squeeze entry 1 sense 1c, press
squashed into the seat

squash

2 of 3 noun
1
: the sudden fall of a heavy soft body or the sound of such a fall
2
: a crushing sound
3
: a crushed mass
4
: a game played in a four-walled court with a racket and a rubber ball

squash

3 of 3 noun
plural squashes or squash
: any of various fruits of plants of the gourd family that are used especially as vegetables
also : a plant and typically a vine that produces squashes
Etymology

Verb

from Middle English squachen "to crush, annul," from early French esquacher (same meaning)

Noun

a shortened and altered form of earlier isquoutersquash "the squash plant or fruit"; of American Indian origin

Medical Definition

: 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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