\ ˈskwi-shē \
squishier; squishiest

Definition of squishy 

1 : being soft, yielding, and usually damp

2 : not firm, steady, or fixed : soft: such as

a : lenient sense 1

b : imprecise squishy estimates

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squishiness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for squishy


flabby, mushy, pulpy, soft, spongy, squashy


firm, hard, solid

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Examples of squishy in a Sentence

The ground was wet and squishy. those are awfully squishy estimates for the final cost of a new football stadium

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Privacy is a squishy concept, one that constantly evolves with the times—and with changing technologies. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "SCOTUS and Congress Leave the Right to Privacy Up for Grabs," 3 July 2018 There’s nobody else in here, just me and my spongy slice — crisp crust, squishy center, cheese burbling up like browned lava. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 Instead, the Tories have Mrs. May’s squishy interventionism, which only looks good compared to the socialism of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party, and isn’t convincing as a justification for tearing up trading relations with the European Union. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Brexit and Circuses," 13 June 2018 Brice Loose can tell you exactly what an elephant seal feels like: a furry inflatable squishy toy, not quite as hard as a basketball. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 There are many sizes, shapes and varieties of these squishy toys that kids can hang on their backpacks, collect and well, squish. 24. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 top holiday gifts for kids (and adults), recommended by local, independent toy stores," 7 Dec. 2017 This one is light, but not soft and squishy or sweet. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Polly Campbell found her favorite burger in Cincinnati," 6 July 2018 Thick mats of seaweed have washed up on South Florida beaches in recent weeks, creating a tangled, squishy barrier between swimmers and the ocean. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Seaweed assaults South Florida beaches," 20 June 2018 Explore different properties of polymers using super-absorbent powders, squishy orbs, and stretchy goo. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of squishy

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of squishy

: soft and often wet

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