Definition of squash noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skwɒʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwɑːʃ//
    , NAmE//skwɔːʃ//
    Soft drinks
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  1. 1 (formal squash rackets) [uncountable] a game for two players, played in a court surrounded by four walls, using rackets and a small rubber ball a squash court to play squash Culture In the game of squash one player must hit the ball against the front wall, after which it can bounce against other walls and/​or the floor before the other player hits it. It is a very fast game, which many people play as a way of keeping fit. It developed from the game of rackets but is now played by many more people. In the US form of the game, the ball is harder and the regular court smaller than in Britain. There are also larger courts for games of 'doubles' (for four players), which are more popular in the US than in Britain.
  2. 2 [uncountable, countable] (British English) a drink made with fruit juice, sugar and water a glass of orange/lemon squash Two orange squashes, please. See related entries: Soft drinks
  3. 3 [countable, uncountable] (pl. squash, squashes) a type of vegetable that grows on the ground. Winter squash have hard skin and orange flesh. Summer squash have soft yellow or green skin and white flesh.
  4. 4[singular] (informal) if something is a squash, there is hardly enough room for everything or everyone to fit into a small space It's a real squash with six of us in the car.
  5. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 and noun sense 4 mid 16th cent. (as a verb): alteration of quash. noun sense 3 mid 17th cent.: abbreviation of Narragansett asquutasquash. Narragansett is an extinct Algonquian language.
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