\ 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

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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 The court’s willingness to squelch existing voting-rights laws also bodes ill for the measures currently under consideration by Congress. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 7 July 2021 Jackson answered with back-to-back baskets to squelch a Jazz comeback. John Coon, ajc, 17 June 2021 Jackson answered with back-to-back baskets to squelch a Jazz comeback. John Coon, orlandosentinel.com, 17 June 2021 The same vigilance will be necessary to train everyone—new hires and veterans alike—in how to recognize and squelch new threats to business operations. Bruce Weinstein, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Woodruff followed by popping a bunt attempt up to Gant, who quickly fired to first and doubled Piña up to quickly squelch any thoughts of a mid-game rally with the top of the order due up. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2021 Republicans argue that drug negotiation in Medicare would squelch funding for research and development of drugs. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, 22 May 2021 Will our Fed, and the government overall, have the stomach to repeat 20 percent interest rates, 10 percent unemployment, disproportionately hitting the vulnerable, just to squelch inflation? Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 6 May 2021 Amid all the concerns about rising anti-Asian bias, Mr. Lieu and progressives are desperate to squelch any debate about discrimination against well-qualified Asian-Americans by leading universities. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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

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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 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of squelch

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

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