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[skwosh, skwawsh] /skwɒʃ, skwɔʃ/
verb (used with object)
to press into a flat mass or pulp; crush:
She squashed the flower under her heel.
to suppress or put down; quash.
to silence or disconcert (someone), as with a crushing retort or emotional or psychological pressure.
to press forcibly against or cram into a small space; squeeze.
verb (used without object)
to be pressed into a flat mass or pulp.
(of a soft, heavy body) to fall heavily.
to make a splashing sound; splash.
to be capable of being or likely to be squashed:
Tomatoes squash easily.
to squeeze or crowd; crush.
the act or sound of squashing.
the fact of squashing or of being squashed.
something squashed or crushed.
something soft and easily crushed.
Also called squash racquets. a game for two or four persons, similar to racquets but played on a smaller court and with a racket having a round head and a long handle.
Also called squash tennis. a game for two persons, resembling squash racquets except that the ball is larger and livelier and the racket is shaped like a tennis racket.
British. a beverage made from fruit juice and soda water:
lemon squash.
Origin of squash1
1555-65; < Middle French esquasser < Vulgar Latin *exquassāre. See ex-1, quash
Related forms
squasher, noun
unsquashed, adjective
2, 3. quell, crush, repress. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for squashing
Historical Examples
  • Lepage, too, had come down with a thud, squashing hidden air out of the interstices of the mattress.

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • I was not,” shouted Stephen; “he was squashing me with his foot, and I moved it away.

  • squashing the verdict is likely to become a popular feature of the Welsh Assizes.

  • The villages went off one after another with a soft, squashing noise.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
  • It is that of patiently garnering youthful potato-bugs and squashing the accumulated harvest between two bricks.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • The god swayed, groaned like a thing of life, and toppled over, squashing one of the howling witches—a blind one—like a red bug.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • And as fur as wrapping himself around her and squashing her to death, Reginald never seen the day he could reach that fur.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
  • The pike whistled over his head, barely missing, and he was up, squashing the big stone into the face of the other.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • The roof broke under his greater weight, and he fell through on his master, squashing him flatter than a pan-cake.

    Fables For The Times H. W. Phillips
  • As they stamped, the rug continued to flatten down; it sank under their tread with a horrible, sickening, squashing sound.

    The Girl in the Golden Atom Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for squashing


to press or squeeze or be pressed or squeezed in or down so as to crush, distort, or pulp
(transitive) to suppress or overcome
(transitive) to humiliate or crush (a person), esp with a disconcerting retort
(intransitive) to make a sucking, splashing, or squelching sound
often foll by in or into. to enter or insert in a confined space
(Brit) a still drink made from fruit juice or fruit syrup diluted with water
a crush, esp of people in a confined space
something that is squashed
the act or sound of squashing or the state of being squashed
Also called squash rackets, squash racquets. a game for two or four players played in an enclosed court with a small rubber ball and light long-handled rackets. The ball may be hit against any of the walls but must hit the facing wall at a point above a horizontal line See also rackets
Also called squash tennis. a similar game played with larger rackets and a larger pneumatic ball
Derived Forms
squasher, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French esquasser, from Vulgar Latin exquassāre (unattested), from Latin ex-1 + quassāre to shatter


noun (US & Canadian) (pl) squashes, squash
any of various marrow-like cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Cucurbita, esp C. pepo and C. moschata, the fruits of which have a hard rind surrounding edible flesh
the fruit of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin
C17: from Narraganset askutasquash, literally: green vegetable eaten green
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Word Origin and History for squashing



"to crush," 1560s, from Old French esquasser "to crush," from Vulgar Latin *exquassare, from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + quassare "to shatter" (see quash "to crush"). Related: Squashed; squashing. The racket game is first recorded by that name in 1886, originally it was the name of the soft rubber ball used in it.


"gourd fruit," 1640s, shortened borrowing from Narraganset (Algonquian) askutasquash, literally "the green things that may be eaten raw," from askut "green, raw" + asquash "eaten," in which the -ash is a plural affix (cf. succotash).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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