squee·gee | \ˈskwē-ˌjē \
variants: or less commonly \ˈskwē-, 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

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 Staff also used long, squeegee-like poles to catch rain on the main tent, while the red carpet's traditional giant Oscar statues were covered in plastic. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Insiders Brace for Wet, Chilly Oscar Weekend," 1 Mar. 2018 The cleaner, which is a shotgun shell loaded with fiber, felt and a composite squeegee, is fired like any shell, but rather than leaving behind the usual detritus, it's designed to push the crud out the barrel, leaving the bore clean. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Waterfowling great thanks to the big chill," 9 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

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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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: 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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