[ skwurt ]
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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.

  1. the act of squirting.

  2. a spurt or jetlike stream, as of water.

  1. a small quantity of liquid or viscous substance squirted: Put a squirt of chocolate sauce on my ice cream.

  2. Informal.

    • a youngster, especially a meddlesome or impudent one.

    • a short person.

    • an insignificant, self-assertive person, especially one who is small or young.

  3. an instrument for squirting, as a syringe.

  4. Usually squirts. Dialect. diarrhea.

Origin of squirt

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English verb squirten, apparently variant of swirten; cognate with Low German swirtjen in the same sense; perhaps akin to swirl; noun derivative of the verb

Other words for squirt

Other words from squirt

  • squirter, noun
  • squirt·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·squirt·ed, adjective

Words Nearby squirt

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How to use squirt in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for squirt


/ (skwɜːt) /

  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

  1. a jet or amount of liquid so ejected

  2. the act or an instance of squirting

  1. an instrument used for squirting

  2. informal

    • a person regarded as insignificant or contemptible

    • a short person

Origin of squirt

C15: of imitative origin

Derived forms of squirt

  • squirter, noun

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