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[skwish] /skwɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to squeeze or squash.
verb (used without object)
(of water, soft mud, etc.) to make a gushing or splashing sound when walked in or on:
The soaking wet sneakers squished as he walked.
a squishing sound:
the squish of footsteps on wet leaves.
Origin of squish
1640-50; alteration of squash1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for squish
  • But some theories suggest neutron stars could squish down even further by converting their neutrons to exotic types of matter.
  • The tough all-polyethylene casing won't squish the contents, and a soft pocket inside the door holds pens and eyewear.
  • Anamorphic lenses have elements that take the horizontal part of the image, and squish it together.
  • There's a slight squish, then the brakes kick in with relatively good grip.
  • Do not yank or squish the tick because it may have harmful bodily fluids.
  • Plus, they squish under your shoes or between your toes if you are barefoot.
  • They can squish and pound it and form it into fascinating shapes.
  • We went barefoot, slipping and sliding on the clay bottom, letting it squish between our toes.
British Dictionary definitions for squish


(transitive) to crush, esp so as to make a soft splashing noise
(intransitive) (of mud, etc) to make a splashing noise: the ground squishes as you tread
a soft squashing sound: the ripe peach fell with a squish
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for squish

1640s, probably a variant of squash (v.), perhaps by influence of obsolete squiss "to squeeze or crush" (1550s). Related: Squished; squishing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for squish


  1. A short or small person, esp an insignificant, contemptible little male; peanut: Ah, what a little squirt is there (1839+)
  2. (also young squirt) A young man, esp a presumptuous or foppish youth (1848+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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