A squeegee is a tool that's used for cleaning windows. You can wash your windows without one, but a rubber-edged squeegee makes cleaning a lot easier (and more fun — because you get to say the word squeegee).

The word squeegee first appeared among sailors, describing a leather-edged device for cleaning a ship's deck. In 1851's Moby Dick, there is a reference to a "leathern squilgee." The word probably comes from the now-obsolete verb squeege, "to press." This tool eventually evolved into the rubber and metal (or plastic) version we know today, used for printing, photography, and window cleaning.

Definitions of squeegee
  1. noun
    T-shaped cleaning implement with a rubber edge across the top; drawn across a surface to remove water (as in washing windows)
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    type of:
    cleaning device, cleaning equipment, cleaning implement
    any of a large class of implements used for cleaning
  2. verb
    wipe with a squeegee
    squeegee the windows”
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    type of:
    pass over, wipe
    rub with a circular motion
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