- 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
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Examples from the Web for squirt
Spam, squirt guns, earthworms, pirate costumes—stuff like that.Cheap Trick: Most Magicians Are Lazy Hacks
August 19, 2014
“Secret Service officers huddled in the guard booth” until the official beekeeper took the bees down with a squirt bottle.12 Juicy Bits From Michelle Obama’s Garden Book
May 31, 2012
Last year, men on motorcycles used water pistols to squirt acid in the faces of girls going to school.Biden: The New Rumsfeld
October 19, 2009
The combo of lemon and coconut is pretty spectacular, and the chance to squirt the filling into the cupcakes is completely cool.World's Craziest Cupcakes
September 8, 2009
Thank you, Boy, for not letting them squirt water on my dolly's clean dress.The Harbor
As well might Hercules have attempted to tidy up the Augean stables with a squirt.Diary of a Pilgrimage
Jerome K. Jerome
I charged the squirt and let fly, and again, and again, as quick as I could fill it.The Five Jars
Montague Rhodes James
I know what you are thinking—you're thinking this is a squirt.The Poet at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
And if I were you, I'd take a light garden-engine, full of water, to squirt at the enemy.Prince Prigio
- 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
Word Origin and History for squirt
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.