[ skwelch ]
/ skwɛltʃ /

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.


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


/ (skwɛltʃ) /



Derived Formssquelcher, nounsquelching, adjectivesquelchy, adjective

Word Origin for squelch

C17: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for squelching



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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