from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Easily squashed.
  • adjective Overripe and soft; pulpy.
  • adjective Boggy; marshy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Soft and wet; miry; muddy; pulpy; mushy; watery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Easily squashed; soft.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Easily squashed when pressed
  • adjective Resembling a bog or marsh underfoot

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility
  • adjective like a pulp or overripe; not having stiffness
  • adjective (of soil) soft and watery


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  • This sentimentalizing of reality is far more dangerous than the romantic sentimentalizing of the "squashy" variety.

    Definitions: Essays in Contemporary Criticism Henry Seidel Canby 1919

  • Italian popular literature exudes sentiment; and the sale of "squashy" fiction in England is said to be threatened only by an occasional importation of an American "best-seller."

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  • But the bowls were still deplorably full, though the milk was no longer steaming, and the little squares of bread had lost their neat shape, and were all "squashy" together, when Duke threw down his spoon in despair.

    Us An Old Fashioned Story Mrs. Molesworth 1880

  • Badminton derives from the name of the estate in Gloucestershire where the game was first played in England; tennis stems from tenetz, an old form of tenez, from French tenir ` to hold '; and squash, according to scholars, probably grew out of the "squashy" sound which the original soft ball made against the wall of the court.

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  • "squashy" custard apple, disregarding the bananas.

    The Call Of The South 1908 Louis Becke 1884

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  • Revolver is a spacious lounge in the heart of downtown Scottsdale: wood floors, squashy sofas, vaguely Western.

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  • What will Slovenians think as they bite into their first Subway sandwiches, made with comparatively soulless and squashy bread?

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  • Watching the little ones charging about on the beach while I brewed tea and made squashy sandwiches gave me a feeling of happiness and warmth beyond measure.

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  • I think that VLC appeals to people precisely because it is not overly endowed with squashy buttons and flash graphics.

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