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squee·​gee ˈskwē-ˌjē How to pronounce squeegee (audio)
variants or less commonly squilgee
ˈskwē- How to pronounce squeegee (audio)
: 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


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

transitive verb

: to smooth, wipe, or treat with a squeegee

Examples of squeegee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Arm yourself with a squeegee or microfiber towel, a bucket and either a commercial or homemade window-washing solution (clean water, a few drops of liquid soap and a dash of rubbing alcohol to prevent streaks). Jennifer Barger, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 Earlier Tuesday, at the intersection of East Colfax Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, cars sped past the men lining the median holding squeegees and cleaner. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, The Denver Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Despite the low payoff, that work has become a common sight across the city in recent months: Men and women standing on road medians or sidewalks, squeegees and bottles of cleaning liquid in hand, offering quick window washes while drivers wait for a green light. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, The Denver Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Use a squeegee, followed by wipes with a microfiber cloth to remove any streaks. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2024 Others have hit the streets, selling flowers and brandishing squeegees to wash car windows. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Use a squeegee, bucket of water and microfiber cloths. Kathryn Weber, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Plus, Scott’s staff appears to have quelled the near-hysteria over squeegee guys with a plan that combined zero tolerance with purposeful outreach to the squeegee-wielding boys and young men who for years tried to make a few bucks from motorists at busy intersections. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 16 Jan. 2024 Once positioned, a hard plastic squeegee presses the liquid out from beneath the surface, simultaneously adhering the PPF to the paint. Michael Harley, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023
Baltimore leaders instituted a two-pronged plan that barred the practice of squeegeeing windows for money at some city intersections, but also extended services and employment programs to youths who squeegee. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 22 Jan. 2024 But as soon as one of the directors calls cut, Hemsworth breaks into a grin, miming an air guitar and squeegeeing water off his face with his hands. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 15 June 2023 The deckhands are constantly polishing, rubbing, squeegeeing. William Booth, Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2023 Bryson Hudson, 16, once carried a gun out of fear and was shot for the first time in December on his way home from squeegeeing car windshields in the Inner Harbor. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 21 Aug. 2023 After his experience with the juvenile justice system, Bryson stopped carrying a gun, his mom said, and was put in a program run by the Mayor’s Office of African American Male Engagement aimed at steering kids away from squeegeeing while connecting them with resources. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 21 Aug. 2023 Though the judge wouldn’t allow them to be introduced at trial, tweets from an account in Reynolds’ name reflected negative experiences with, and opinions of, squeegee workers. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 27 July 2023 In the year since the deadly encounter, officials banned squeegeeing in some parts of Baltimore. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 17 July 2023 As of Tuesday morning, the city’s squeegeeing ban along six major corridors took effect, with Baltimore Police able to deliver warnings to squeegee workers. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 11 Jan. 2023

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


1844, in the meaning defined above


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 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: 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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