squelch

[ skwelch ]
/ skwɛltʃ /
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verb (used with object)

to strike or press with crushing force; crush down; squash.
to put down, suppress, or silence, as with a crushing retort or argument.

verb (used without object)

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

noun


Nearby words

  1. squeeze-box,
  2. squeezebox,
  3. squeezed joint,
  4. squeezy,
  5. squeg,
  6. squeteague,
  7. squib,
  8. squib kick,
  9. squibb,
  10. squid

Origin of squelch

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

Related formssquelch·er, nounsquelch·ing·ly, adverbsquelch·ing·ness, nounun·squelched, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for squelching

squelch

/ (skwɛltʃ) /

verb

noun

Derived Formssquelcher, nounsquelching, adjectivesquelchy, adjective

Word Origin for squelch

C17: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for squelching

squelch

v.

1620s, "to fall, drop, or stomp on something (soft) with crushing force," possibly imitative of sound made. The figurative sense of "suppress completely" is first recorded 1864.

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