[ spurt ]
/ spɜrt /
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of spurt
First recorded in 1560–70; variant of spirt; origin uncertain
OTHER WORDS FROM spurtspurt·er, nounspur·tive, adjectivespur·tive·ly, adverbout·spurt, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for spurter
/ (spɜːt) /
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 for spurt
C16: perhaps related to Middle High German sprützen to squirt
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