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squelch (skwɛltʃ Pronunciation for squelch



  1. (intransitive) to walk laboriously through soft wet material or with wet shoes, making a sucking noise
  2. (intransitive) to make such a noise
  3. (transitive) to crush completely; squash
  4. (transitive) (informal) to silence, as by a crushing retort


  1. a squelching sound
  2. something that has been squelched
  3. (electronics) a circuit that cuts off the audio-frequency amplifier of a radio receiver in the absence of an input signal, in order to suppress background noise
  4. (informal) a crushing remark

Derived Forms

ˈsquelcher noun
ˈsquelching adjective
ˈsquelchy adjective

Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin

Example Sentences Including 'squelch'

"Record rainfalls have seen south-east Queensland squelch through its wettest six months in 25 years.
Misc (1999)
An action like his, if not its revelation, may squelch many potential relationships.
Globe and Mail (2003)
He could hear their heavy footfalls, the squelch of rotten meat pushed beyond even its magically supported limits.
It's one thing to mash your feet down into the mulch but quite another to fight the effects of suction as you squelch them back.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
She pulled at her wet trousers and they sprang back to her thigh with a squelch.
James Birrell THE MANANA MAN (2002)
So walkers can happily squelch through mud, and fishermen don't risk losing their waders.
New Scientist (1999)
The only sounds were of owls shrieking and the squelch of their feet.
Fidelis Morgan THE RIVAL QUEENS: A Countess Ashby de la Zouche Mystery (2002)
Unobtrusive noises off - wind on a hillside, squelch of mud, rumble of distant traffic - brush the conversation.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
We squelch off across the park, stopping to check on the woman wrapped around the toilet bowl.
Alexander Masters STUART: A Life Backwards (2005)


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