\ 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 squelchy (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 Students as young as kindergartners will be taught about a new national security law that gives the authorities the power to squelch opposition to Beijing with heavy prison sentences. Amy Qin And, BostonGlobe.com, "To ‘protect young minds,’ Hong Kong moves to overhaul schools," 11 July 2020 Marion County health officials last week issued an order to wear face coverings in public starting Thursday to help squelch the spread of disease. The Indianapolis Star, "Statewide coronavirus update: Here's why Holcomb is optimistic about Indy 500 plan," 8 July 2020 But the pandemic has not managed to totally squelch Arizona's process of direct democracy. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "Proposals to legalize recreational marijuana, raise taxes for schools face deadline to make ballot," 1 July 2020 For now, the pleasures of the nascent to-go-cocktail culture rely on loose enforcement of laws that would squelch them. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Inequality of Summer Leisure," 27 June 2020 Besides the pretty sunrises and sunsets the dust has another positive effect: helping squelch tropical storm development in the Atlantic. Leigh Morgan, al, "Saharan dust could amp up sunrises and sunsets across Alabama for the next few days," 25 June 2020 Kristoffer Tripplaar/Alamy Doctors around the world, trying to save seriously ill coronavirus patients, have been dosing them with rheumatoid arthritis drugs that can squelch immune responses. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "Arthritis Drug Did Not Help Seriously Ill Covid Patients, Early Data Shows," 27 Apr. 2020 And instead of using the next week of this 15 days to squelch the virus and do it for real. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Dr. Sanjay's Gupta's coronavirus podcast for March 26: Saving lives or saving the economy," 26 Mar. 2020 Wall Street is set for an upbeat open, but earnings could squelch optimism. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "Japan Needs to Telework. Its Paper-Pushing Offices Make That Hard.," 14 Apr. 2020 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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The first known use of squelch was in 1624

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15 Jul 2020

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“Squelch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squelch. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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