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 squirted

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

Examples from the Web for squirted

Contemporary Examples of squirted

Historical Examples of squirted

  • Kloon squirted a stream of tobacco at a pitcher plant and filled the cup.

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Evelyn rose as he spoke and squirted some soda-water into his glass.

    The Angel of Pain

    E. F. Benson

  • I held my mouth open an squirted it in, an it was mighty refreshin.

    Friar Tuck

    Robert Alexander Wason

  • Somebody had two bottles of Bass, but it was so warm that it squirted out in foam.

    Wounds in the rain

    Stephen Crane

  • And he must have squirted some water on Flossie, for she is wet.

British Dictionary definitions for squirted



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 squirted



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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