squeegee

[ skwee-jee, skwee-jee ]
/ ˈskwi dʒi, skwiˈdʒi /

noun

an implement edged with rubber or the like, for removing water from windows after washing, sweeping water from wet decks, etc.
a similar and smaller device, as for removing excess water from photographic negatives or prints or for forcing paint, ink, etc., through a porous surface, as in serigraphy.

verb (used with object), squee·geed, squee·gee·ing.

to sweep, scrape, or press with or as if with a squeegee.
to force (paint, ink, etc.) through a screen in making a silk-screen print.

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Origin of squeegee

First recorded in 1835–45; originally a nautical term; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for squeegee

squeegee

less commonly squilgee

/ (ˈskwiːdʒiː) /

noun

an implement with a rubber blade used for wiping away surplus water from a surface, such as a windowpane
any of various similar devices used in photography for pressing the water out of wet prints or negatives or for squeezing prints onto a glazing surface

verb -gees, -geeing or -geed

to remove (water or other liquid) from (something) by use of a squeegee
(tr) to press down (a photographic print, etc) with a squeegee

Word Origin for squeegee

C19: probably of imitative origin, influenced by squeeze
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Word Origin and History for squeegee

squeegee


n.

"wooden scraping instrument with a rubber blade," 1844, a nautical word, perhaps from squeege "to press" (1782), an alteration of squeeze.

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