How Did the Squeegee Get its Name, What Does it Mean, and Where Did the Squeegee Come From?

A squeegee brings to mind either spring cleaning or an annoying panhandler at a traffic light.

The word probably had an equally unpleasant effect on the sailors who gave the scraping instrument its name.

Squeege was an eighteenth-century alteration of squeeze or press and was the inspiration for the name of a tool used for scraping the decks of ships.

how did the squeegee get its name what does it mean and where did the squeegee come from

In Moby Dick, American author Herman Melville (1819-1891) called the tool a “squilgee,” but other sources indicate that squeegee was a nautical term for the instrument as early as 1844.

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