squelch

verb
\ 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

squelch

noun

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

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squelcher noun

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 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 The historic move backed Parliament’s sovereignty and slapped down what justices viewed as an effort by Johnson to squelch debate on Brexit. BostonGlobe.com, "UK lawmakers to return to Parliament amid political turmoil - The Boston Globe," 26 Sep. 2019 With public gigs squelched by the coronavirus, her only steady income is from helping with the online service at Holy Trinity by the Lake Episcopal Church in Heath. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "How a Dallas musician and therapist who copes with anxiety and depression is walking through the COVID-19 crisis," 30 Mar. 2020 What suspense was present was mostly squelched Sunday when the club signed Tacko Fall to a two-way contract, so the 7-foot-5-inch center and fan favorite can continue his tutelage with the Celtics and in the G-League. BostonGlobe.com, "What suspense was present was mostly squelched Sunday when the club signed Tacko Fall to a two-way contract, so the 7-foot-5-inch center and fan favorite can continue his tutelage with the Celtics and in the G-League. That was pretty much the most intriguing story line of camp.," 14 Oct. 2019 The historic move backed Parliament’s sovereignty and slapped down what justices viewed as an effort by Johnson to squelch debate on Brexit. Washington Post, "UK lawmakers to return to Parliament amid political turmoil," 25 Sep. 2019 The Bureau of Prisons said Epstein had apparently killed himself, but that didn't squelch conspiracy theories about his death. Anchorage Daily News, "Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging," 16 Aug. 2019 In the weeks since the novel coronavirus outbreak has squelched daily life in America, researchers have struggled to assess the true spread of the virus. Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus infections could be much more widespread than believed, California study suggests," 17 Apr. 2020 There is squirting blood, a loose eye still attached to an optic nerve, and so much squelching. Kelsea Stahler, refinery29.com, "Can You Handle Betty Gilpin’s Bloody, Controversial New Movie The Hunt?," 16 Mar. 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

Verb

1624, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for squelch

Verb

origin unknown

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The first known use of squelch was in 1624

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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Squelch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squelch. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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squelch

verb
How to pronounce squelch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of squelch

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

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