\ ˈskwish \
squished; squishing; squishes

Definition of squish

transitive verb

1 : squash squished the bug
2 : squelch, suck

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Other Words from squish

squish noun

Examples of squish in a Sentence

The cake accidentally got squished. We squished together to make more room. We managed to squish four people in the backseat of the car. His wet shoes squished when he walked.
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The Skwish is a wooden rattler and teether in one, and lets babies squish and shake to their heart’s content. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here’s How Joanna Gaines Celebrated Crew’s First Major Milestone," 15 Jan. 2019 Section off a piece of clay approximately 1/2 inch wide, and squish with your hands until pliable. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "DIY The Holidays: Glittery Braided Clay Napkin Rings," 11 Dec. 2014 Front seat occupants will have about as much room as in a Bolt, and rear-seat occupants will be slightly more squished than in a Leaf. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The new 2019 Hyundai Kona EV is a clever little electric crossover," 24 Oct. 2018 No more jockeying for corner booths, or getting squished at a high-top near the bar. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "OpenTable Now Lets You Pick Specific Tables at Restaurants," 9 Aug. 2018 Your giftee can squish and mold it as needed in his carry-on—the vegetable tanned leather gets more supple over time. Isaiah Freeman-schub, WSJ, "Senior Market Editor Isaiah Freeman-Schub’s Holiday Gift Guide: Man of the World," 12 Dec. 2018 As the Pacific Plate moves north, Alaska essentially is getting squished, West said. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska’s North Slope shaken by 2 largest recorded quakes," 14 Aug. 2018 And the notion that conservatives have somehow ... Their voices have been squished ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Snap will get acquired before 2020, probably by Amazon," 28 Sep. 2018 In the passenger seat, Juris did the same, his spit and laughter catching on the breeze while Rikki sat squished in the middle. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Am I Not Your Animal" by Matt Jones," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of squish

circa 1647, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for squish

alteration of squash

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The first known use of squish was circa 1647

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English Language Learners Definition of squish

: to press (something) into a flatter shape

: to move into a space that is tight or crowded

: to make the sound that is made when something very wet is pressed, stepped on, etc.

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to gather or build up little by little

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