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

Greens quickly were covered by the tiny white pellets, and workers went from using squeegees for excess water to power blowers to remove the hail. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Mickelson beats everyone but the dark at Pebble," 11 Feb. 2019 Curved glass can be tricky because a worker must rotate the squeegee to catch all angles. San Francisco Chronicle, "Tech firms love glass skyscrapers. Window washers are cleaning up," 18 June 2018 Just mist the surface and use a microfiber cloth or squeegee. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Don’t have a blast on the Fourth," 1 July 2018 If a milky white film remains, wipe it away using a squeegee or glass cleaner and paper towels, rags or a microfiber cloth. Jolie Kerr, New York Times, "Five Ways to Make Spring Cleaning Easier," 4 May 2018 To catch excess water and avoid streaks, cleaners hold a mop under the squeegee. San Francisco Chronicle, "Tech firms love glass skyscrapers. Window washers are cleaning up," 18 June 2018 It's sprayed onto the roadway with trucks, then spread across the surface with squeegees. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Los Angeles is painting some of its streets white and the reasons why are pretty cool," 9 Apr. 2018 The keys were struck from afar by long objects such as a yardstick, umbrella, fishing rod, rake, squeegee and a broom. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "At the Broad, exploring Jasper Johns' connection to music (with an assist from John Cage)," 15 Mar. 2018 Then use a rubber rake or a squeegee (for low-pile carpeting) to get every last hair out. Martha Stewart, star-telegram, "Dark walls getting you down? Here are tips for painting over them with a lighter shade | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 2 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In the midst of Tuesday’s storm, much of downtown Boston looked deserted — except for armies of seasonal workers shoveling snow, squeegeeing slush, and occasionally ducking into a warm space to escape the biting winds. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "Snow shoveled downtown? An immigrant probably cleared it," 13 Mar. 2018 After practice ends, Burton takes off the saddles, unwraps the horses’ legs, unbraids their tails, hoses them down and squeegees off the water. Elisabeth Moughon, The Courier-Journal, "An elegant, nitty-gritty look at the Louisville Polo Club," 27 July 2017 Efforts by the Obama administration to pay doctors and hospitals differently are designed to squeegee some waste out of the system, by eliminating extra care that may not help people’s health. Margot Sanger-katz, New York Times, "A Single-Payer Plan From Bernie Sanders Would Probably Still Be Expensive," 16 May 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'squeegee.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of squeegee


1844, in the meaning defined above


1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squeegee


origin unknown

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about squeegee

Statistics for squeegee

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for squeegee

The first known use of squeegee was in 1844

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for squeegee



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)

More from Merriam-Webster on squeegee

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with squeegee

Comments on squeegee

What made you want to look up squeegee? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to take the place or position of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!