\ˈskwelch \
squelched; squelching; squelches

Definition of squelch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to fall or stamp on so as to crush

b(1) : to completely suppress : quell squelch resistance

(2) : silence squelched the protesters

2 : to emit or move with a sucking sound

intransitive verb

1 : to emit a sucking sound

2 : to splash through water, slush, or mire



Definition of squelch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sound of or as if of semiliquid matter under suction the squelch of mud

2 : the act of suppressing especially : a retort that silences an opponent

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Other Words from squelch


squelcher noun


squelchy \ˈskwel-chē \ adjective

Examples of squelch in a Sentence


immediately squelched any signs of rebellion his irritated glare squelched any other potential objectors

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On the other side of the Atlantic, Turkey, Hungary and Poland, still recognizable as democracies, are centralizing power, controlling the media, manipulating the courts and squelching protest. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 The problem is that the Court has almost completely squelched the availability of damages for most constitutional wrongs, including the Fourth Amendment, through a series of technical anti-plaintiff rules. Aziz Huq, Vox, "The latest Supreme Court decision is being hailed as a big victory for digital privacy. It’s not.," 22 June 2018 Still, rising home prices have yet to squelch demand. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati's hot housing market: Five things you need to know," 24 Apr. 2018 But Chinese leaders are wary of mass social movements and have moved quickly to squelch the unrest, further inflaming tensions among the veterans who feel betrayed. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "Large army veteran protests in China pose challenge for Xi," 26 June 2018 Detoxing in the waiting room at a crisis center or an emergency room, or trying to navigate treatment options while dealing with nausea, vomiting, craving and cramps, all can squelch the strongest desire for sobriety. Aubrey Whelan, Philly.com, "Philadelphia hopes this 24-hour treatment center will save lives in the opioid crisis," 11 July 2018 Ho appeared skeptical of Hicks' arguments, questioning whether the law could be challenged because fear of guns might squelch free speech at a public park. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Appeals court hears UT professors' challenge to Texas campus carry law," 11 July 2018 Is it being squelched, is it being hit by some of this tariff talk. Fox News, "China retaliates as Trump tariffs go into effect," 7 July 2018 That squelched one of the two scoring opportunities the Padres had over the last seven innings. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Luis Perdomo makes promising start, but A's sweep Padres," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The man at the viewer sucked out his face with a faint squelch and, with no acknowledgment of either Anne or Ed, began to pack up as quickly as possible. WIRED, "What Happens When an Algorithm Helps Write Science Fiction," 11 Dec. 2017 Slather your hair in DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel, reach the squelch point again, wrap your hair in a microfiber towel, and air-dry from there. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Tried the Top Upvoted Curly Hair Routines From Reddit—Here’s What Worked (and What Didn’t)," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of squelch


1624, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for squelch


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English Language Learners Definition of squelch

: to stop (something) from continuing by doing or saying something

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