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Apparently an alteration of squash, influenced by obsolete squiss (to squeeze). Cognate with Scots squische, squies (to crush, squeeze). Compare also Old Occitan esquichar (to squeeze, squish). See also squeeze, squelch.


  • IPA(key): /skwɪʃ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪʃ


squish (plural squishes)

  1. The sound or action of something, especially something moist, being squeezed or crushed.
  2. (politics, informal, derogatory) A political moderate (term used by conservative activists in the 1980s).



squish (third-person singular simple present squishes, present participle squishing, simple past and past participle squished)

  1. (transitive, informal) To squeeze, compress, or crush (especially something moist).
    The sandwich tasted fine, even though it got squished in his lunchbox.
    • 2012, Adam Freeman, Windows 8 Apps Revealed Using XAML and C# (page 74)
      Rather than squishing everything into a tiny window, I have shown only part of my app.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To be compressed or squeezed.
    • 2013, Julia Crane, ‎Talia Jager, Broken Promise
      I kicked off my shoes and wiggled my toes on the soft moss. It felt amazing as it squished between my toes, []

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