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squelch

squelch

 
 
pronunciation:
skwelch
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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Word Combinations (verb, noun)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: squelched, squelches, squelching
definition 1: to crush or squash, by or as if by stepping on.
He squelched the beetle with the heel of his boot.
definition 2: to intimidate or silence, as with a crushing reply.
The teacher's harsh reply squelched the poor boy, and he shuffled back to his seat.
similar words:
suppress
definition 3: to cause to make a squishing, sucking sound.
The boy squelched his toes in the mud.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to make a squishing, sucking sound.
definition 2: to walk through mud or the like, making such a sound.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act or instance of intimidating or silencing someone, as by a crushing reply.
definition 2: a squishing, sucking sound.
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derivations: squelchingly (adv.), squelcher (n.)