squee·​gee | \ ˈskwē-ˌjē How to pronounce squeegee (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈskwē-​ How to pronounce squeegee (audio) , ˈskwil-​ \

Definition of squeegee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


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

Definition of squeegee (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to smooth, wipe, or treat with a squeegee

Examples of squeegee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The squeegee comes in four colors: silver, black, bronze, and brass. Isabel Garcia, PEOPLE.com, 8 July 2021 Scrape away excess shaving cream using firm pressure and a squeegee. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 June 2021 The headline in the New York Post this morning is about the return of the squeegee guys who cleaned windshields at red lights. Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Tools to have handy on installation day include a squeegee to remove any bubbles and smooth the paper to the surface, a utility knife to cut each panel to size ahead of time and then trim excess paper, a level and a tape measure. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, 1 Apr. 2021 That officer arrived to find an incoherent Olson, holding the crowbar and a squeegee, and repeatedly tells him to drop the bar. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 These straws come in a pack of five with a squeegee cleaner included, which online reviewers found super easy to use. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 13 Apr. 2021 Wipe with a damp, lint-free cloth, then dry with a streak-free microfiber cloth or a squeegee. oregonlive, 25 Mar. 2021 On 9th Avenue and 39th Street, two squeegee men were running in and out of a small restaurant to get water, then harassing drivers. Kyle Smith, National Review, 24 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For example, squeegee the shower stall at the end of a shower. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Feb. 2021 The brush on this snow broom works as a plow, frost blade, and squeegee to clear away every flake. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Dec. 2020 Some people have complained on social media that squeegee workers become aggressive toward drivers who decline their services. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, 20 Sep. 2019 Clean and squeegee the shower with each use, and the rest of the bathroom stays spray-free and unsticky. Heloise, Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2020 To avoid too much mess, gently squeegee each tomato with your fingers before placing it on your cutting board. Martha Holmberg, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2020 Bill Stromberg, president and CEO of T. Rowe Price, penned an email Aug. 28 on behalf of some of the city’s largest firms and banks, most of which have offices and property downtown where young people tend to squeegee in exchange for money. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, 18 Sep. 2019 When the weather clears, employees squeegee the slide and blow it dry. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, 18 Aug. 2019 Rebounding at shootaround, squeegeeing off sweat, fetching water bottles, those sorts of menial tasks. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of squeegee


1844, in the meaning defined above


1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squeegee


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“Squeegee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeegee. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of squeegee

: a tool that has a blade of rubber attached to a handle and that is used for spreading or wiping liquid on, across, or off a surface (such as a window or floor)


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