- Quench is defined as to satisfy or to extinguish.
- An example of to quench is to have a cold drink when thirsty.
- An example of to quench is to put out a fire.
A boy quenches his thirst on a warm day.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to extinguish; put out: to quench fire with water
- to overcome; subdue; suppress
- to satisfy; slake: to quench one's thirst
- to cool (hot steel, etc.) suddenly by plunging into water, oil, or the like
Origin: Middle English quenchen from Old English cwencan, to extinguish, causative of cwincan, to go out, akin to Frisian kwinka, Middle High German verquinen, to pass away from Indo-European base an unverified form gwey-, to complain, weep
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transitive verb quenched, quench·ing, quench·es
- To put out (a fire, for example); extinguish.
- To suppress; squelch: The disapproval of my colleagues quenched my enthusiasm for the plan.
- To put an end to; destroy.
- To slake; satisfy: Mineral water quenched our thirst.
- To cool (hot metal) by thrusting into water or other liquid.
Origin: Middle English quenchen, from Old English -cwencan (in ācwencan, to quench).
- quenchˈa·ble adjective
- quenchˈer noun
- quenchˈless adjective