I read this sentence in one of my son's picture books:

"The tire was squashed, the tire was smooshed."

(It's talking about a bike).

The word "smoosh" is strange to me, so I consulted some dictionaries and it surprised me that I couldn't even find an entry for "smoosh".

What does it mean? How come it can't be found in dictionaries but can be found in a kid's book???

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    try smush instead – Jim Nov 11 '13 at 4:40
  • So it's an informal pronounciation of "smush", which means "crush" or "smash"? I guess it's a deliberately mistaken word to suggest it is used by kids? – dennylv Nov 11 '13 at 4:44
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    @dennylv: I don' think so. A simple google search gave the result. But not in some dictionaries i searched. – VijayaRagavan Nov 11 '13 at 4:46
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    dennylv, it is strange. It is not used in the UK. Neither is smush, which was mentioned by Jim. – Tristan Nov 11 '13 at 12:38
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    It's not an informal pronunciation — it's a variant spelling; smush rhymes with bush, not brush, and smoosh is supposed to be pronounced with the vowel in book, which is the same vowel as in bush. – Peter Shor Nov 11 '13 at 20:10

From Oxford:

Smoosh (v): squash, crush, or flatten.

‘use a sharp knife so as not to smoosh the broccoli’

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  • Thank you. I am still curious why it's not available in mainstream dictionaries? – dennylv Nov 11 '13 at 4:52
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    Maybe because it is very informal. Anyways, you could find it here: Smoosh in the American Heritage Dictionary – learner Nov 11 '13 at 6:57
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    Wiktionary defines it as the alternative spelling of Smush. – VijayaRagavan Nov 11 '13 at 7:17
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    It is indeed a rather hard word to locate in online dictionaries. For situations like this, I recommend OneLook.com, which is a website that searches for words in a host of online dictionaries. In the case of smoosh, that word is found in only 7 or 8 dictionaries (as opposed to say, smash, which is found in almost 30, plus over a dozen other specialized dictionaries as well). – J.R. Nov 11 '13 at 16:46
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    This entire answer is copied from oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/smoosh – snailcar Nov 26 '13 at 0:22

Although it is a bit informal word but you may find in almost all reputed dictionaries like oxford dictionaries or merriam webster

Its general meaning is to flatten or smash

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