squee·​gee | \ ˈskwē-ˌjē How to pronounce squeegee (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈskwē-​ How to pronounce squilgee (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 Tempaper recommends starting from the top of each panel and using their squeegee to slowly apply it to the wall releasing all air bubbles along the way. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "How I Turned My Dining Room Into a Garden Scene With Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper," 9 June 2020 Flip the broom over, and the squeegee edge can collect and push puddles and liquids off concrete, wood, and more. Popular Science, "The best brooms for conquering any mess," 17 June 2020 Richter faithfully rendered, and then complicated this image, dragging a squeegee across his realist depiction and making it hazy, less like a painting of a photograph than one of an actual memory. Caitie Kelly, New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 9 Apr. 2020 There are pages devoted to artistRobert Rauschenberg’s shoes, hair and squeegee; there is an entire chapter reserved for the notion of the line. Mina Tavakoli, Washington Post, "In the loopily expansive ‘Figure It Out,’ Wayne Koestenbaum ponders everything from Robert Rauschenberg’s shoes to the notion of the line," 11 May 2020 The woman told police the group was aggressive and began striking her vehicle with squeegees, causing damage. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "Driver’s firearm goes off during struggle with ‘squeegee kid,' Baltimore police say," 24 Oct. 2019 To prevent dingy shower grout, run a squeegee over the tile after you're done showering. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Grout on Tile Floors, Showers, and More," 20 Jan. 2020 Mr Soulages applied inky paint in thick layers using spoons, squeegees, rakes and bits of rubber, or made his own tools to achieve a particular effect. The Economist, "A rare solo exhibition at the Louvre celebrates Pierre Soulages," 13 Dec. 2019 In one luxury boutique, employees used water vacuums and big squeegee mops to keep the brackish lagoon waters from advancing. Colleen Barry And Luca Bruno, chicagotribune.com, "Third record tide enters Venice as Italy hit with snow and rain," 17 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some people have complained on social media that squeegee workers become aggressive toward drivers who decline their services. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "Solving Baltimore’s squeegee problem: City leaders have tried for decades. Can they get it right this time?," 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, "Hints From Heloise: A big ‘thank you’ to front line workers," 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, "Canned tomatoes are pantry all-stars. Here’s how to choose and use them.," 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, "Baltimore business leaders quiet on mayor’s squeegee plan; police have logged 1,200 complaints since June," 18 Sep. 2019 When the weather clears, employees squeegee the slide and blow it dry. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "The Giant Slide turns 50. Here are 50 fun facts about the Minnesota State Fair tradition.," 18 Aug. 2019 Rebounding at shootaround, squeegeeing off sweat, fetching water bottles, those sorts of menial tasks. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Out of the Darkness: Isaiah Austin Searches for Peace Without the NBA," 14 June 2019 One involved taking pictures of coffins for a catalog; another involved squeegeeing photographic prints for The New York Times. Sarah Boxer, New York Times, "Weegee the Famous: The Master of Down-and-Dirty Street Photography," 1 June 2018 And somehow, the wipers are squeegeeing off the rain that's pounding the windshield. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "Man Figures Out GENIUS Way to Fix Broken Windshield Wipers," 30 July 2015

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First Known Use of squeegee


1844, in the meaning defined above


1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Squeegee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeegee. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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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