[skwosh, skwawsh]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of squash

1555–65; < Middle French esquasser < Vulgar Latin *exquassāre. See ex-1, quash
Related formssquash·er, nounun·squashed, adjective

Synonyms for squash

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Examples from the Web for squashing

Historical Examples of squashing

  • I was not,” shouted Stephen; “he was squashing me with his foot, and I moved it away.

  • I was only squashing in the brim and trying to make the hat smaller.

    The Limit

    Ada Leverson

  • Your Ma, she say: 'What you doin' you bad boy,' and you answer 'Squashing the angel!'


    Josephine Culpeper

  • Squashing the verdict is likely to become a popular feature of the Welsh Assizes.

  • The villages went off one after another with a soft, squashing noise.

British Dictionary definitions for squashing




to press or squeeze or be pressed or squeezed in or down so as to crush, distort, or pulp
(tr) to suppress or overcome
(tr) to humiliate or crush (a person), esp with a disconcerting retort
(intr) to make a sucking, splashing, or squelching sound
(often foll by in or into) to enter or insert in a confined space


British a still drink made from fruit juice or fruit syrup diluted with water
a crush, esp of people in a confined space
something that is squashed
the act or sound of squashing or the state of being squashed
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 lineSee also rackets
Also called: squash tennis a similar game played with larger rackets and a larger pneumatic ball
Derived Formssquasher, noun

Word Origin for squash

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



noun plural squashes or squash US and Canadian

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

Word Origin for squash

C17: from Narraganset askutasquash, literally: green vegetable eaten green
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Word Origin and History for squashing



"to crush," 1560s, from Old French esquasser "to crush," from Vulgar Latin *exquassare, from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + quassare "to shatter" (see quash "to crush"). Related: Squashed; squashing. The racket game is first recorded by that name in 1886, originally it was the name of the soft rubber ball used in it.



"gourd fruit," 1640s, shortened borrowing from Narraganset (Algonquian) askutasquash, literally "the green things that may be eaten raw," from askut "green, raw" + asquash "eaten," in which the -ash is a plural affix (cf. succotash).

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