- to eject liquid in a jet from a narrow orifice: The hose squirted all over us.
- to eject a spurt of liquid: The lemon squirted in my eye.
- 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!
- to wet or bespatter with a liquid or viscous substance so ejected: to squirt someone with a hose.
- the act of squirting.
- a spurt or jetlike stream, as of water.
- a small quantity of liquid or viscous substance squirted: Put a squirt of chocolate sauce on my ice cream.
- a youngster, especially a meddlesome or impudent one.
- a short person.
- an insignificant, self-assertive person, especially one who is small or young.
- an instrument for squirting, as a syringe.
- 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.
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6. jet, spray, stream.
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- to force (a liquid) or (of a liquid) to be forced out of a narrow opening
- (tr) to cover or spatter with liquid so ejected
- a jet or amount of liquid so ejected
- the act or an instance of squirting
- an instrument used for squirting
- a person regarded as insignificant or contemptible
- a short person
C15: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for squirter
mid-15c., squyrten "eject water in a jet," of uncertain origin, probably imitative. Related: Squirted; squirting.
mid-15c., originally "diarrhea," from squirt (v.). Meaning "a whipper-snapper" is from 1839.
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