\ 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 But the case stems from allegations that poultry processors illegally squelched competition by collectively fixing prices, lowering production and sharing data. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Prosecutors investigate alleged chicken price fixing: grand jury probe disclosed," 26 June 2019 But two decades later, that charter wasn’t renewed, squelched by President Andrew Jackson. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Hating the Fed Is as American as Apple Pie," 21 June 2019 Camp means as hugely over-the-top and grand and what some may feel is ridiculous and silly, and embracing all of those creative impulses inside us that very often are squelched. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter Arrived on the Met Gala Red Carpet Fully Dressed as an Egyptian Sun God," 6 May 2019 The government squelched the 2012 anti-Kremlin protests, known as the Bolotnaya Square demonstrations, by sentencing a few participants to jail terms of up to four and a half years. New York Times, "Putin’s Uncertain Future Shadows a Crackdown on Moscow Protests," 2 Aug. 2019 Over the past several years, record labels and publishers have grown increasingly diligent about targeting ISPs in an attempt to squelch copyright infringement. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Labels & Publishers Win $1 Billion Piracy Lawsuit Against Cox Communications," 19 Dec. 2019 Events in Kashmir show that the government is ready to trample Indians’ civil rights in order to squelch resistance to its actions. The Economist, "The courts’ refusal to curb repression in Kashmir," 5 Oct. 2019 Abington freshman Shea Gormley remained cool under pressure throughout and eventually netted the game-winner in double overtime, giving the Ghosts an important 8-7 victory and eliciting screams that not even the blustery conditions could squelch. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Girls' lacrosse: Shea Gormley nets game-winner for Abington in double OT," 20 Apr. 2018 And a questionable play-call during a fourth-and-1 situation at Michigan’s 29-yard line in the fourth quarter squelched the Wolverines' last chance at a comeback. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "What does Michigan football's blowout loss to Ohio State mean for Jim Harbaugh?," 30 Nov. 2019 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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22 Feb 2020

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“Squelch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squelchers. Accessed 22 Feb. 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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