Definition of squeegee in English:



  • 1A scraping implement with a rubber-edged blade set on a handle, typically used for cleaning windows.

    • ‘It comes with a squeegee handle with two interchangeable rubber blades for steam cleaning soapy residue off glass shower doors;’
    • ‘He placed me in a basket as he grabbed a squeegee and proceeded to clean the windows on the tower.’
    • ‘Stuck in an elevator in the North Tower with five other men, he used the blade of his squeegee to cut through the door.’
    • ‘Apply the mixture to your windows with a clean sponge and squeegee off the liquid, absorbing any drips with a cloth.’
    • ‘If we have a two-story house for instance, the windows and side walls will call for a squeegee with a long handle.’
    sponge, swab, squeegee
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    1. 1.1A small roller or implement similar to a squeegee used especially in photography for squeezing water out of prints.
      • ‘If dry spots are noted, add water under the blanket with a small diameter hose or by using a roller squeegee to move the water around until the entire blanket has become translucent.’
      • ‘Moving to canvas, he rolls on a base color and a layer of iridescent pigment, then uses a squeegee to apply from 9 to 20 layers of iridescent glazes.’
      • ‘The essence of the technique is that a fine mesh screen, stretched tightly over a wooden frame, is placed above a sheet of paper and colour is forced through the mesh with a rubber blade called a squeegee.’
      • ‘Use 18-inch rollers or V-notch squeegees for epoxy primers.’
      • ‘In either case, you will find it necessary to remove the print from the developer and squeegee it for the solarization exposure.’
    2. 1.2informal [usually as modifier]A person who cleans the windshield of a car stopped in traffic and then demands payment from the driver.
      ‘squeegee guys at every corner’
      ‘the squeegees wait at busy intersections’
      • ‘It also forbids squeegee kids from standing in roads and begging drivers for money.’
      • ‘Approached by a squeegee merchant at a set of traffic lights, we let him quickly clean the (almost opaque) windscreen.’
      • ‘A cop is telling a courthouse that he shot dead a homeless squeegee man because he felt scared.’
      • ‘This rant is for the squeegee boy whose friend was locked up for not having his dog on a leash.’
      • ‘Now let me tell you that the original person who reported this incident was not a squeegee boy, I am not a squeegee boy, and the person kidnapped/arrested was not a squeegee boy.’


  • Clean or scrape (something) with a squeegee.

    ‘squeegee the shower doors while the surfaces are still wet’
    • ‘But definitely by the time Larry Brown had finished his postgame whining, it was as clear as a freshly squeegeed backboard: Someone forgot to tell the Pacers that they're supposed to be honing their golf games by now.’
    • ‘We began by sweeping, then squeegeeing the water to a small drain, but this was not the complete solution to our problem.’
    • ‘He applied paint - thick strokes and overlapping thinner washes - to bare canvas and squeegeed it around.’
    • ‘Make it a house rule for everyone to squeegee the shower stall after each shower.’
    • ‘A little colour also washes out of heavily toned prints, which should be blotted or squeegeed after washing, so the colour does not continue to bleed.’
    clean, cleanse, sponge, scrub, mop, hose down, squeegee, douse, flush, disinfect
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Mid 19th century: from archaic squeege to press strengthened form of squeeze.