[ skwelch ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to strike or press with crushing force; crush down; squash.

  2. to put down, suppress, or silence, as with a crushing retort or argument.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make a splashing sound.

  2. to tread heavily in water, mud, wet shoes, etc., with such a sound.

  1. a squelched or crushed mass of anything.

  2. a splashing sound.

  1. an act of squelching or suppressing, as by a crushing retort or argument.

  2. Also called squelch circuit, noise suppressor. Electronics. a circuit in a receiver, as a radio receiver, that automatically reduces or eliminates noise when the receiver is tuned to a frequency at which virtually no carrier wave occurs.

Origin of squelch

1610–20; variant of quelch in same sense (perhaps blend of quell and quash); initial s perhaps from squash1

Other words from squelch

  • squelcher, noun
  • squelch·ing·ly, adverb
  • squelch·ing·ness, noun
  • un·squelched, adjective

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How to use squelch in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for squelch


/ (skwɛltʃ) /

  1. (intr) to walk laboriously through soft wet material or with wet shoes, making a sucking noise

  2. (intr) to make such a noise

  1. (tr) to crush completely; squash

  2. (tr) informal to silence, as by a crushing retort

  1. a squelching sound

  2. something that has been squelched

  1. electronics a circuit that cuts off the audio-frequency amplifier of a radio receiver in the absence of an input signal, in order to suppress background noise

  2. informal a crushing remark

Origin of squelch

C17: of imitative origin

Derived forms of squelch

  • squelcher, noun
  • squelching, adjective
  • squelchy, adjective

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