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 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 After applying the film, spray the outside of it with soap and liquid, and use a squeegee to press out air bubbles. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Make Your Shower Look Super Artsy With This Easy Hack," 22 Nov. 2019 Every 15 minutes, Vescovo would transmit his depth and heading via acoustic modem, his voice coming in faintly but audibly with a burst of squeegee static. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean," 22 Oct. 2019 Most of the positive samples were collected from surfaces that usually do not come into contact with food, such as drains, floors and squeegees, the study said. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Penn Dutch-type germs are common in supermarkets, but the state rarely tests for them," 4 Oct. 2019 The team’s research showed the bot figuring out how to make a spatula out of a flat piece of metal and a magnet, and how to jam a pointed screwdriver through a sponge to create a squeegee. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "We’re teaching robots to build their own tools," 15 Aug. 2019 Authorities previously released video footage taken at a gas station in Fort Nelson on July 13 showing the couple pulling up to the station at 7:30 p.m. Fowler pumps gas while Deese washes the windshield and windows with a squeegee. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Dad of Canadian Teen on Run Fears Son Wants to Die in 'Blaze of Glory' as Third Victim Is Identified," 25 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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“Squeegee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squeegee. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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