[ skweez ]
/ skwiz /

verb (used with object), squeezed, squeez·ing.

verb (used without object), squeezed, squeez·ing.


Origin of squeeze

1590–1600; perhaps variant of obsolete squize (Old English cwȳsan) to squeeze, with initial s by false division of words in sandhi

Related forms

squeez·er, nounsqueez·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·squeeze, verb (used with object), in·ter·squeezed, in·ter·squeez·ing.un·squeezed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squeeze


/ (skwiːz) /

verb (mainly tr)


Derived Forms

squeezable, adjectivesqueezer, noun

Word Origin for squeeze

C16: from Middle English queysen to press, from Old English cwӯsan
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Idioms and Phrases with squeeze


In addition to the idioms beginning with squeeze

  • squeeze off
  • squeeze play
  • squeeze through

also see:

  • main squeeze
  • put the arm (squeeze) on
  • tight squeeze
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