- to crush; subdue; put an end to
- to quiet; allay
Origin of quellMiddle English quellen ; from Old English cwellan, to kill, akin to qwalu, death, German quälen, torment, afflict ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gwel-, to stab, pain, death from source Old Irish at-baill, (he) dies
transitive verbquelled, quell·ing, quells
- To put down forcibly; suppress: Police quelled the riot.
- To pacify; quiet: finally quelled the children's fears.
Origin of quellMiddle English quellen, to kill, from Old English cwellan; see gwel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present quells, present participle quelling, simple past and past participle quelled)
Old English cwellan (“to kill"). Compare Old Armenian Õ¯Õ¥Õ² (keÅ‚, “sore, ulcer"), Old Church Slavonic Ð¶Ð°Ð»ÑŒ (Å¾alÄ, “pain"), German quÃ¤len (“to torment, agonize, smite").