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verb (used with object)
  1. to press into a flat mass or pulp; crush: She squashed the flower under her heel.

  2. to suppress or put down; quash.

  1. to silence or disconcert (someone), as with a crushing retort or emotional or psychological pressure.

  2. to press forcibly against or cram into a small space; squeeze.

verb (used without object)
  1. to be pressed into a flat mass or pulp.

  2. (of a soft, heavy body) to fall heavily.

  1. to make one's way with a splashing sound; splash.

  2. to be capable of being or likely to be squashed: Tomatoes squash easily.

  3. to squeeze or crowd; crush.

  1. the act or sound of squashing.

  2. the fact of squashing or of being squashed.

  1. something squashed or crushed.

  2. something soft and easily crushed.

  3. Also called squash racquets. a game for two or four persons, similar to racquets but played on a smaller court and with a racket having a round head and a long handle.

  4. Also called squash tennis. a game for two persons, resembling squash racquets except that the ball is larger and livelier and the racket is shaped like a tennis racket.

  5. British. a beverage made from fruit juice and soda water: lemon squash.

Origin of squash

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English squachen, squatche “destroy, smash,” from Old French esquacher, esquasser, from Vulgar Latin exquassāre. (unrecorded), equivalent to ex- intensive prefix + quassāre “to shake”; see ex-1, quash

Other words for squash

Other words from squash

  • squasher, noun
  • un·squashed, adjective

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Other definitions for squash (2 of 2)

[ skwosh, skwawsh ]

noun,plural squash·es, (especially collectively) squash.
  1. the fruit of any of various vinelike, tendril-bearing plants belonging to the genus Curcurbita, of the gourd family, as C. moschata or C. pepo, used as a vegetable.

  2. any of these plants.

Origin of squash

An Americanism dating back to 1635–45; from Narragansett (English spelling) askútasquash (plural)

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British Dictionary definitions for squash (1 of 2)


/ (skwɒʃ) /

  1. to press or squeeze or be pressed or squeezed in or down so as to crush, distort, or pulp

  2. (tr) to suppress or overcome

  1. (tr) to humiliate or crush (a person), esp with a disconcerting retort

  2. (intr) to make a sucking, splashing, or squelching sound

  3. (often foll by in or into) to enter or insert in a confined space

  1. British a still drink made from fruit juice or fruit syrup diluted with water

  2. a crush, esp of people in a confined space

  1. something that is squashed

  2. the act or sound of squashing or the state of being squashed

  3. Also called: squash rackets, squash racquets a game for two or four players played in an enclosed court with a small rubber ball and light long-handled rackets. The ball may be hit against any of the walls but must hit the facing wall at a point above a horizontal line: See also rackets

  4. Also called: squash tennis a similar game played with larger rackets and a larger pneumatic ball

Origin of squash

C16: from Old French esquasser, from Vulgar Latin exquassāre (unattested), from Latin ex- 1 + quassāre to shatter

Derived forms of squash

  • squasher, noun

British Dictionary definitions for squash (2 of 2)


/ (skwɒʃ) /

nounplural squashes or squash US and Canadian
  1. any of various marrow-like cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Cucurbita, esp C. pepo and C. moschata, the fruits of which have a hard rind surrounding edible flesh

  2. the fruit of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable

Origin of squash

C17: from Narraganset askutasquash, literally: green vegetable eaten green

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