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[skwurt] /skwɜrt/
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
  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.
an instrument for squirting, as a syringe.
Usually, squirts. Dialect. diarrhea.
Origin of squirt
late Middle English
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 forms
squirter, noun
squirtingly, adverb
unsquirted, adjective
6. jet, spray, stream. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for squirts
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  • Feeling like one who squirts on a burning haystack with a garden syringe, Felix propounded this scheme to his little daughter.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • George squirts on him, and Hereward lies on his back and kicks his legs in the air.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • The angry element leaks through, bursts, gushes—is choked back with a ready turf; and squirts up in their faces.

    Freaks on the Fells R.M. Ballantyne
  • They sneaked into the gate room, and shot at people from the window with squirts.

    Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
  • Most squirts coming in here try to put on they can take the stuff and then they wind up in the gutter.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • Suppose he waits for a west wind and squirts his gas in this direction?

    The Slayer Of souls Robert Chambers
  • Our Spurge-hawk caterpillar, for example, when threatened, squirts from the mouth a spray of poison.

  • Ef she squirts it on dry, an the leaves are dry, too, the eggs wont die.

    Natalie: A Garden Scout Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Then, when it was out, they put the squirts back into their little express wagon and drove off.

    A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
  • The water slaps on the tile floor and squirts over my dress.

    Woman Magdeleine Marx
British Dictionary definitions for squirts


to force (a liquid) or (of a liquid) to be forced out of a narrow opening
(transitive) 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
  1. a person regarded as insignificant or contemptible
  2. a short person
Derived Forms
squirter, noun
Word Origin
C15: of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for squirts



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for squirts






  1. A short or small person, esp an insignificant, contemptible little male; peanut: Ah, what a little squirt is there (1839+)
  2. (also young squirt) A young man, esp a presumptuous or foppish youth (1848+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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