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squirt

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verb (used without object)
  1. to eject liquid in a jet from a narrow orifice: The hose squirted all over us.
  2. to eject a spurt of liquid: The lemon squirted in my eye.
verb (used with object)
  1. to cause (liquid or a viscous substance) to spurt or issue in a jet, as from a narrow orifice: Squirt the water over that way!
  2. to wet or bespatter with a liquid or viscous substance so ejected: to squirt someone with a hose.
noun
  1. the act of squirting.
  2. a spurt or jetlike stream, as of water.
  3. a small quantity of liquid or viscous substance squirted: Put a squirt of chocolate sauce on my ice cream.
  4. Informal.
    1. a youngster, especially a meddlesome or impudent one.
    2. a short person.
    3. an insignificant, self-assertive person, especially one who is small or young.
  5. an instrument for squirting, as a syringe.
  6. Usually squirts. Dialect. diarrhea.

Origin of squirt

1425–75; (v.) late Middle English squirten, apparently variant of swirten; cognate with Low German swirtjen in same sense; perhaps akin to swirl; (noun) late Middle English sqwyrt diarrhea, derivative of the v.
Related formssquirt·er, nounsquirt·ing·ly, adverbun·squirt·ed, adjective

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6. jet, spray, stream.
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Examples from the Web for squirt

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  • Thank you, Boy, for not letting them squirt water on my dolly's clean dress.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • As well might Hercules have attempted to tidy up the Augean stables with a squirt.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • I charged the squirt and let fly, and again, and again, as quick as I could fill it.

    The Five Jars

    Montague Rhodes James

  • I know what you are thinking—you're thinking this is a squirt.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • And if I were you, I'd take a light garden-engine, full of water, to squirt at the enemy.

    Prince Prigio

    Andrew Lang


British Dictionary definitions for squirt

squirt

verb
  1. to force (a liquid) or (of a liquid) to be forced out of a narrow opening
  2. (tr) to cover or spatter with liquid so ejected
noun
  1. a jet or amount of liquid so ejected
  2. the act or an instance of squirting
  3. an instrument used for squirting
  4. informal
    1. a person regarded as insignificant or contemptible
    2. a short person
Derived Formssquirter, noun

Word Origin

C15: of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for squirt

v.

mid-15c., squyrten "eject water in a jet," of uncertain origin, probably imitative. Related: Squirted; squirting.

n.

mid-15c., originally "diarrhea," from squirt (v.). Meaning "a whipper-snapper" is from 1839.

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