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squirt

[skwurt]
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.
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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.
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noun
  1. the act of squirting.
  2. a spurt or jetlike stream, as of water.
  3. a small quantity of liquid or viscous substance squirted: Put a squirt of chocolate sauce on my ice cream.
  4. Informal.
    1. a youngster, especially a meddlesome or impudent one.
    2. a short person.
    3. an insignificant, self-assertive person, especially one who is small or young.
  5. an instrument for squirting, as a syringe.
  6. Usually squirts. Dialect. diarrhea.
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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 squirts

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

Examples from the Web for squirts

Historical Examples of squirts

  • George squirts on him, and Hereward lies on his back and kicks his legs in the air.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • They sneaked into the gate room, and shot at people from the window with squirts.

    Loyal to the School

    Angela Brazil

  • Suppose he waits for a west wind and squirts his gas in this direction?

    The Slayer Of souls

    Robert Chambers

  • Ef she squirts it on dry, an the leaves are dry, too, the eggs wont die.

    Natalie: A Garden Scout

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • The water slaps on the tile floor and squirts over my dress.

    Woman

    Magdeleine Marx


British Dictionary definitions for squirts

squirt

verb
  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
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noun
  1. a jet or amount of liquid so ejected
  2. the act or an instance of squirting
  3. an instrument used for squirting
  4. informal
    1. a person regarded as insignificant or contemptible
    2. a short person
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Derived Formssquirter, noun

Word Origin for squirt

C15: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for squirts

squirt

v.

mid-15c., squyrten "eject water in a jet," of uncertain origin, probably imitative. Related: Squirted; squirting.

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squirt

n.

mid-15c., originally "diarrhea," from squirt (v.). Meaning "a whipper-snapper" is from 1839.

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