- Squash is defined as a state of being squished into a small space, or a vegetable, or is a game where rackets are used by two players to hit a rubber ball against the walls.
- When you are squished into a small space, this is an example of a squash.
- A zucchini is an example of a squash.
- A game where you hit a ball against a wall to another player in a closed court is an example of squash.
- Squash is to squeeze something to make it smaller, or to crush an idea, or push down an emotion.
- When you flatten down trash in the trash can by stepping on it, this is an example of a time when you squash down the trash.
- When you dismiss an idea outright, this is an example of a time when you squash the idea.
- When you suppress a laugh or a feeling of anger, this is an example of a time when you squash the feeling.
- to squeeze or crush into a soft or flat mass
- to press or squeeze tightly or too tightly
- to suppress or bring to an abrupt end; quash: to squash a rebellion
- Informal to silence or disconcert (another) in a crushing manner
Origin of squashOld French esquasser from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exquassare from Classical Latin ex-, intensive + quassus: see quash
- to be squashed, as by a heavy fall, pressure, etc.
- to make a sound of squashing or splashing
- to force one's way; crowd; squeeze
- a squashing or being squashed
- the sound of squashing
- either of two similar games combining elements of both tennis and handball; specif.,
- one played in a four-walled court with a small, long-handled racket and a small rubber ballin full squash racquets
- one played in a similar court, but with a larger racket and a larger, livelier ballin full squash tennis
- one played in a four-walled court with a small, long-handled racket and a small rubber ball
- Brit. a drink made of sweetened fruit juice or fruit-flavored syrup diluted with water: lemon squash
- so as to squash
- with a squashing sound
- the fleshy fruit of any of various plants (genus Cucurbita) of the gourd family, eaten as a vegetable
- a plant, usually a vine, bearing this fruit
Origin of squashshortened from isquoutersquashes, squontersquashes, plural from southern New England Algonquian: compare Narragansett askútasquash, plural
- Any of various bushy or vining plants of the genus Cucurbita, having unisexual flowers and fleshy edible fruit with a thick rind when mature.
- The fruit of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable.
Origin of squashFrom alteration of Narragansett askútasquash
verbsquashed, squash·ing, squash·es
- To beat, squeeze, or press into a pulp or a flattened mass; crush. See Synonyms at crush.
- To put down or suppress; quash: squash a revolt.
- To silence or fluster, as with crushing words: squash a heckler.
- To become crushed, flattened, or pulpy, as by pressure or impact.
- To move with a splashing or sucking sound, as when walking through boggy ground.
- a. The act or sound of squashing.b. Something that has been squashed.
- A crushed or crowded mass: a squash of people.
- Sports A game played on a four-walled court by two or four players who use long-handled rackets to hit a small rubber ball against the front wall, with play stopping if the ball bounces twice on the floor or does not reach the front wall after a stroke. Also called squash rackets .
- Chiefly British A citrus-based soft drink.
Origin of squashMiddle English squachen from Old French esquasser from Vulgar Latin exquassāre Latin ex- intensive pref. ; see ex- . Latin quassāre to shatter frequentative of quatere to shake ; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural squashes)
- (uncountable) A sport played in a walled court with a soft rubber ball and bats like tennis racquets.
- (UK) A soft drink made from a fruit-based concentrate diluted with water.
- When I'm thirsty I drink squash; it tastes much nicer than plain water.
- A place or a situation where people have limited space to move.
- It's a bit of a squash in this small room.
(third-person singular simple present squashes, present participle squashing, simple past and past participle squashed)
(countable and uncountable, plural squash or squashes)
- (countable, botany) A plant and its fruit of five species of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.
- Cucurbita maxima, including hubbard squash, great winter squash, buttercup squash, and some varieties of pumpkins.
- Cucurbita mixta, cushaw squash.
- Cucurbita moschata, butternut squash, Barbary squash, China squash.
- Cucurbita pepo, most pumpkins, acorn squash, summer squash, zucchini.
- Cucurbita verrucosa, long-neck squash
- The edible or decorative fruit of these plants, or this fruit prepared as a dish.
- We ate squash and green beans.
Shortening of askutasquash, Narragansett ("[a vegetable] eaten green (raw)").
- (obsolete, zoo, countable) Muskrat.
shortening of musquash