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 formssquirt·er, nounsquirt·ing·ly, adverbun·squirt·ed, adjective

Synonyms for squirt

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Related Words for squirt

sprinkle, spit, pour, spray, splash, spatter, eject, stream, flow, surge, jet, spurt, emit, spritz

Examples from the Web for squirt

Contemporary Examples of squirt

Historical Examples of squirt

  • Thank you, Boy, for not letting them squirt water on my dolly's clean dress.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • 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

    Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for squirt



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 Formssquirter, noun

Word Origin for squirt

C15: of imitative origin
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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.

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