- to gush or issue suddenly in a stream or jet, as a liquid; spout.
- to show marked, usually increased, activity or energy for a short period: The runners spurted forward in the last lap of the race.
- to expel or force out suddenly in a stream or jet, as a liquid; spout.
- a sudden, forceful gush or jet.
- a marked increase of effort for a short period or distance, as in running, rowing, etc.
- a sudden burst or outburst, as of activity, energy, or feeling.
Origin of spurt
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- to gush or cause to gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
- to make a sudden effort
- a sudden forceful stream or jet
- a short burst of activity, speed, or energy
Word Origin and History for spurters
"to gush out, squirt," 1560s, variant of spirt, perhaps cognate with Middle High German spürzen "to spit," and sprützen "to squirt" (see sprout). The noun in this sense is attested from 1775.
"brief burst of activity," 1560s, variant of spirt "brief period of time" (1540s), of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow connected with spurt (v.).