from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To deal a sharp blow to; slap.
  • n. A sharp blow; a slap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To beat off, as insects; to bat, strike, or hit.
  • n. A hard stroke, hit or blow, e.g., as part of a spanking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of sweat.
  • n. a sharp blow, especially one made with an instrument in the hand.
  • n. a powerful hit, especially a home run.
  • n. a former state in Northwest India, now a part of Pakistan. It was ruled by a prince called a Wali.
  • transitive v. to hit, especially with an instrument in the hand; to smack.
  • transitive v. to hit (a baseball) powerfully, and for a long distance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An old and dialectal form of sweat.
  • An old and dialectal (Scotch) preterit of sweat.
  • To strike; hit.
  • To work hard; toil; dig; grind.
  • n. A blow.
  • n. A difficult task; a hard job.
  • n. One who works hard; a dig; a grind.

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

  • v. hit swiftly with a violent blow
  • n. a sharp blow


Alteration of squat, to squash (obsolete and dialectal).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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