[ 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.


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 forms

squirt·er, nounsquirt·ing·ly, adverbun·squirt·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squirt


/ (skwɜːt) /


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
  1. a person regarded as insignificant or contemptible
  2. a short person

Derived Forms

squirter, noun

Word Origin for squirt

C15: of imitative origin
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