squeegee

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noun

squee·​gee ˈskwē-ˌjē How to pronounce squeegee (audio)
variants or less commonly squilgee
ˈskwē- How to pronounce squeegee (audio)
ˈskwil-
: a blade of leather or rubber set on a handle and used for spreading, pushing, or wiping liquid material on, across, or off a surface (such as a window)
also : a smaller similar device or a small rubber roller with handle used by a photographer or lithographer

squeegee

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verb

variants or less commonly squilgee
squeegeed also squilgeed; squeegeeing also squilgeeing

transitive verb

: to smooth, wipe, or treat with a squeegee

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Police say Timothy Reynolds got out of his car that July afternoon with a baseball bat near the bustling downtown intersection after an interaction with the squeegee workers there. Lee O. Sanderlin, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 The 15-year-old accused of fatally shooting a man armed with a baseball bat during an altercation with a group of squeegee workers near the Inner Harbor over the summer will be tried as an adult, a Baltimore judge ruled Thursday. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 17 Nov. 2022 Police say Timothy Reynolds got out of his car that July afternoon with a baseball bat near the bustling downtown intersection after an interaction with the squeegee workers there. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 14 Nov. 2022 No property was damaged, no one was injured, and neither squeegee worker was charged in the incident, according to a police report. Jessica Anderson, Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2022 No property was damaged, no one was injured and neither squeegee worker was charged in the incident, according to a police report. Jessica Anderson, Baltimore Sun, 19 Oct. 2022 Users can choose from several attachments to help clean a range of surfaces, including a window squeegee, spray nozzle, round brush, and more. Annie Burdick, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2022 Too little information about the nature of the squeegee shooting has been released for a full analysis of possible legal defenses, and authorities have declined to discuss in detail how the encounter unfolded. Jessica Ander, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 In December, Scott’s administration announced a squeegee action plan that paired city youth with jobs at participating employers. Baltimore Sun, 14 July 2022
Verb
Place a drop of dish soap in a gallon of water, wipe it generously on the window with a cloth, then squeegee it off. Brett Martin, Popular Mechanics, 29 Nov. 2022 All that was cut short Thursday afternoon when Reynolds, 48, confronted a group of downtown Baltimore squeegee workers with a baseball bat — and one of the youths responded with deadly gunfire, according to Baltimore Police. Lea Skene, Baltimore Sun, 8 July 2022 The July 7 shooting set off a public debate about what to do about the teens and young men, many from impoverished neighborhoods, who offer to squeegee windshields at high-traffic intersections in town. Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun, 31 July 2022 Their mother was fleeing domestic violence and needed them to squeegee to help pay for a hotel her salary alone couldn’t cover. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 But many workers opt to continue to squeegee as the work provides an instant influx of cash for people living under precarious circumstances. Jessica Anderson, Baltimore Sun, 11 July 2022 His story played on feelings of unease toward panhandlers in Baltimore, a city that’s long debated what to do about those who solicit money on street corners and the boys and young men who squeegee windshields at traffic lights. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 1 Dec. 2021 Baltimore officials have identified at least 180 city youths who squeegee, although there are likely more. Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2021 Baltimore officials have identified at least 180 city youths who squeegee, although there are likely more. Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun

1844, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of squeegee was in 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Squeegee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeegee. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

squeegee

noun

squee·​gee
ˈskwē-ˌjē
: a blade of leather or rubber set on a handle and used for spreading or wiping liquid material on, across, or off a surface (as a window)
squeegee verb
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