\ ˈskwelch How to pronounce squelch (audio) \
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

Other Words from squelch


squelcher noun


squelchy \ ˈskwel-​chē How to pronounce squelch (audio) \ adjective

Examples of squelch in a Sentence

Verb immediately squelched any signs of rebellion his irritated glare squelched any other potential objectors
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some mainstream Republicans in Kentucky are trying to squelch the voices of those who seek to undermine democracy, lifting up the truth about election integrity. Joshua A. Douglas, CNN, 26 July 2022 And when a Haitian president began loudly raising the subject, the French government scoffed and tried to squelch it. New York Times, 20 May 2022 Major central banks are seeking to raise interest rates to squelch surging inflation, often at the cost of throttling back growth. Will Horner, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 Tests will also be deployed when they’re needed to help squelch an outbreak, officials said. Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2022 Scarnecchia, McDaniels and Fears didn’t have to squelch the notion. Karen Guregian, Hartford Courant, 8 Aug. 2022 And though many of the tools necessary to squelch SARS-CoV-2 exist, their distribution is still not being prioritized to the vulnerable populations who most need them. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2022 With the first-ever union election at a U.S. Apple store scheduled to begin Wednesday in Towson, Maryland, Apple hired the union-busting law firm Littler Mendelson to squelch similar organizing efforts elsewhere. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 13 June 2022 As governor, Newsom has no authority to squelch the deal because the UC system is constitutionally autonomous. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With a small, one-handed hoe, a planter opened a hole in the wet earth, which parted with a squelch. New York Times, 13 July 2022 Squelch, squelch, squish, grunt, clang, yell, grunt, clang, squish, squish, squidge. Jess Grey, Wired, 16 Oct. 2021 In some cases, the crackdowns came as a result of pro-democracy movements, such as the Arab Spring, as authoritarian leaders redoubled their efforts to hold power and squelch dissent. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Critics drew apt comparisons to Led Zeppelin — right down to lead vocalist Josh Kiszka's beyond-his-years squelch — assailing them for doing little more than basking in the glory that major-label muscle can buy. Steven J. Horowitz, EW.com, 15 Apr. 2021 One week earlier, Pines had imposed restrictions intended to limit movement on campus and squelch what had been a worrisome rise in cases. Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2021 For years, business and industry lobbyists loudly protest — and squelch — any effort to rein in this welfare program, even proposals to tie their exemptions to job creation. NOLA.com, 18 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 29 Sep. 2017 See More

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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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“Squelch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squelch. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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