[ 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.
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
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
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British Dictionary definitions for squirter
/ (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
- a person regarded as insignificant or contemptible
- a short person
Derived Formssquirter, noun
Word Origin for squirt
C15: of imitative origin
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