Squash Definition

skwŏsh, skwôsh
squashed, squashes, squashing
noun
squashes
The sound of squashing.
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A squashing or being squashed.
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Either of two similar games combining elements of both tennis and handball.
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The fleshy fruit of any of various plants (genus Cucurbita) of the gourd family, eaten as a vegetable.
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A plant, usually a vine, bearing this fruit.
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Synonyms:
  • squash-rackets
  • squash racquets
  • squash vine
  • racquet ball
  • squash tennis
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verb
squashed, squashes, squashing
To be squashed, as by a heavy fall, pressure, etc.
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To squeeze or crush into a soft or flat mass.
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To press or squeeze tightly or too tightly.
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To suppress or bring to an abrupt end; quash.
To squash a rebellion.
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To force one's way; crowd; squeeze.
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Antonyms:
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adverb
So as to squash.
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With a squashing sound.
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Other Word Forms of Squash

Noun

Singular:
squash
Plural:
squashes

Origin of Squash

  • Middle English squachen from Old French esquasser from Vulgar Latin exquassāre Latin ex- intensive pref. ex– Latin quassāre to shatter frequentative of quatere to shake kwēt- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortening of askutasquash, Narragansett ("[a vegetable] eaten green (raw)").

    From Wiktionary

  • From alteration of Narragansett askútasquash

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • shortening of musquash

    From Wiktionary

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