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verb (used with object)
  1. to squeeze or squash.
verb (used without object)
  1. (of water, soft mud, etc.) to make a gushing or splashing sound when walked in or on: The soaking wet sneakers squished as he walked.
  1. a squishing sound: the squish of footsteps on wet leaves.

Origin of squish

First recorded in 1640–50; alteration of squash1
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  1. (tr) to crush, esp so as to make a soft splashing noise
  2. (intr) (of mud, etc) to make a splashing noisethe ground squishes as you tread
  1. a soft squashing soundthe ripe peach fell with a squish

Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for squish


1640s, probably a variant of squash (v.), perhaps by influence of obsolete squiss "to squeeze or crush" (1550s). Related: Squished; squishing.

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