What does squash mean?

Definitions for squash
skwɒʃ, skwɔʃsquash

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word squash.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. squash, squash vinenoun

    any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits

  2. squashnoun

    edible fruit of a squash plant; eaten as a vegetable

  3. squash, squash racquets, squash racketsverb

    a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets

  4. squash, crush, squelch, mash, squeezeverb

    to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

    "crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon"


  1. Squashnoun

    A game much like rackets, played in a walled court with soft rubber balls and bats like tennis rackets; -- called also squash rackets.


  1. squashnoun

    A sport played in a walled court with a soft rubber ball and bats like tennis racquets.

  2. squashnoun

    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.

  3. squash

    A place or a situation where people have limited space to move.

    It's a bit of a squash in this small room.

  4. squash

    Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of peas.

  5. squash

    Something unripe or soft.

  6. squash

    A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies.

  7. squashverb

    To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.

  8. squashverb

    To compress or restrict (oneself) into a small space; to squeeze.

  9. squashnoun

    A plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.

    Note: The species are much confused. The long-neck squash is called Cucurbita verrucosa, the Barbary or China squash, C. moschata, and the great winter squash, C. maxima, but the distinctions are not clear.

  10. squashnoun

    The edible fruit of this plant, or this fruit prepared as a dish.

    We ate squash and green beans.

  11. squashnoun


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Squashnoun

    Etymology: from quash.

    Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy; as a squash is before it is a peascod, or a coddling, when it is almost an apple. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    The characters are, it hath the whole appearance of a pumpion or gourd; from which this differs in its fruit, which is roundish, fleshy, streaked, angular, and for the most part divided into five partitions, inclosing flat seeds adhering to a spongy placenta. Philip Miller.

    Squash is an Indian kind of pumpion that grows apace. Boyle.

    How like I then was to this kernel,
    This squash, this gentleman. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Since they will overload my shoulders, I shall throw down the burden with a squash among them. Arbuthnot.

    My fall was stopped by a terrible squash that sounded louder than the cataract of Niagara. Gulliver’s Travels.

  2. To Squashverb

    To crush into pulp.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squashnoun

    an American animal allied to the weasel

  2. Squashnoun

    a plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind

  3. Squashverb

    to beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush

  4. Squashnoun

    something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of pease

  5. Squashnoun

    hence, something unripe or soft; -- used in contempt

  6. Squashnoun

    a sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies

  7. Etymology: [OE. squachen, OF. escachier, esquachier, to squash, to crush, F. cacher, perhaps from (assumed) LL. excoacticare, fr. L. ex + coactare to constrain, from cogere, coactum, to compel. Cf. Cogent, Squat, v. i.]


  1. Squash

    Squash is a racquet sport played by two or four players in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. The players must alternate in striking the ball with their racquet and hit the ball onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court. The game was formerly called squash racquets, a reference to the "squashable" soft ball used in the game. Squash is recognized by the IOC and supporters are lobbying for its incorporation in a future Olympic program. In 2003, Forbes rated squash as the number one healthiest sport to play.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Squash

    skwosh, v.t. to press into pulp: to crush flat.—v.i. to form a soft mass as from a fall: to make a noise similar to such.—n. a sudden fall or shock of soft bodies: anything soft and easily crushed, anything soft or unripe, as a peascod.—ns. Squash′er; Squash′iness, state of being squashy.—adj. Squash′y, like a squash: muddy. [O. Fr. esquacher (Fr. écacher), to crush—L. ex, out, coactāre, to restrain—cogĕre, coactum, to drive together.]

  2. Squash

    skwosh, n. a term loosely used, esp. in the United States, for two or three kinds of gourd, including the pumpkin. [Amer. Ind. asquash (pl. of asq), green.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. squashverb

    To end, Squash that beef.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce squash?

How to say squash in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of squash in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of squash in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of squash in a Sentence

  1. Tammy Credicott:

    Great by themselves, sprinkled on salads, or tossed on butternut squash soup, these spiced pumpkin seeds deliver great taste and nutrition.

  2. Chris Christie:

    John McCain was far more irascible and tactless in his campaign style than Christie has been and he was not known as a bully, maybe it's just because of Chris Christie's size -- he looks like a guy who could just squash you!

  3. Sam McConkey:

    We're very good at socializing in Ireland, we have to recognise that our socializing is culturally specific, and different between countries... In Spain and Portugal you eat outside at 10 o'clock at night -- in Ireland, we squash into crowded restaurants.

  4. Cherise Trump:

    Even more so, when theirstudents actively try to squash the speech rights of their fellow peers, universities should condemn these activities and call them out forsuppressingspeech.

  5. Jessica Randhawa:

    This gluten-free and vegetarian oven-roasted Delicata squash recipe is roasted with sweet maple syrup, butter and sprinkled with ground cinnamon for a uniquely flavorful autumn side dish at this year's Thanksgiving dinner, this is my absolute favorite way to cook this sweet, creamy, and velvety winter squash, as it's fast, easy, and cozy.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for squash

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for squash »


Find a translation for the squash definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these squash definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "squash." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 9 Aug. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/squash>.

    Are we missing a good definition for squash? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    the formation of vesicles in or beneath the skin
    • A. alternate
    • B. aligned
    • C. opaque
    • D. blistering

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for squash: