• (British) IPA: /skwɒʃ/
  • (America) IPA: /skwɔʃ/
  • (America, cot-caught) IPA: /skwɑʃ/
  • (rural US, intrusive r) IPA: /skwɔɹʃ/


  1. (uncountable) A sport played in a walled court with a soft rubber ball and bats like tennis racquets.
  2. (British) 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. A place or a situation where people have limited space to move.
    It's a bit of a squash in this small room.
  4. (obsolete, countable) Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of peas.
  5. (obsolete, countable, pejorative) Something unripe or soft.
  6. (obsolete, countable) A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies.
  7. (slang, professional wrestling) An extremely one-sided, usually short, match.
    • Brock Lesnar} (18 August 2014), “WWE SummerSlam 2014: How Twitter reacted to {{w”, in (Please provide the title of the work)‎, The Independent, retrieved 30 July 2015
      It was one of the most shocking WWE title matches ever witnessed, and effectively a 20-minute squash match as Brock Lesnar "conquered" his opponent.
Related terms Translations Verb

squash (squashes, present participle squashing; past and past participle squashed)

  1. (transitive) To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To compress or restrict (oneself) into a small space; to squeeze.
    Somehow, she squashed all her books into her backpack, which was now too heavy to carry.
    We all managed to squash into Mum's tiny car.
  3. (transitive) To suppress; to force into submission.
Synonyms Translations
  • Portuguese: esmagar
  • Russian: разда́вливать
  • Spanish: aplastamiento, aplastar
  • French: presser
  • German: zusammendrücken
  • Portuguese: comprimir
  • Russian: сда́вливать
  • Spanish: aplastamiento, aplastar


  1. (botany, countable) A plant and its fruit of any of a few species of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.
    1. Cucurbita maxima, including hubbard squash, great winter squash, buttercup squash, and some varieties of pumpkins.
    2. Cucurbita argyrosperma (syn. Cucurbita mixta), cushaw squash.
    3. Cucurbita moschata, butternut squash, Barbary squash, China squash.
    4. Cucurbita pepo, most pumpkins, acorn squash, summer squash, zucchini.
  2. (botany) Any other similar-looking plant of other genera.
    1. Lagenaria siceraria (syn. Cucurbita verrucosa), calabash, long-neck squash.
  3. (culinary) The edible or decorative fruit of these plants, or this fruit prepared as a dish.
    We ate squash and green beans.
Translations Noun

squash (plural squashes)

  1. (obsolete, countable) Muskrat.
    • The squash is a four-footed beast, bigger than a cat.

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