- 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.
- 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.
Origin of squeegee
First recorded in 1835–45; originally a nautical term; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for squeegeed
One asked me what I meant by coming aft all salt, like a head sea, making the deck wet after he'd squeegeed it down.Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger
Aristo prints can be mounted direct from the ferrotype plate or the ground-glass to which they have been squeegeed to dry.
less commonly squilgee
- 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
- to remove (water or other liquid) from (something) by use of a squeegee
- (tr) to press down (a photographic print, etc) with a squeegee
C19: probably of imitative origin, influenced by squeeze
Word Origin and History for squeegeed
"wooden scraping instrument with a rubber blade," 1844, a nautical word, perhaps from squeege "to press" (1782), an alteration of squeeze.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper