\ ˈskwərt How to pronounce squirt (audio) \
squirted; squirting; squirts

Definition of squirt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to come forth in a sudden rapid stream from a narrow opening : spurt

transitive verb

: to cause to squirt



Definition of squirt (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an instrument (such as a syringe) for squirting a liquid
b : a small quick stream : jet
c : the action or an instance of squirting
2a : an impudent youngster

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Other Words from squirt


squirter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for squirt

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of squirt in a Sentence

Verb He squirted some oil on the door hinge. She squirted ketchup all over her fries. Some snakes can squirt venom from their mouths. Water squirted out from a hole in the pipe. Juice from the lemon squirted into my eye. Noun an annoying little squirt who kept pestering me Listen squirt, I'm in charge here. She started playing guitar when she was just a little squirt.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their World Series hero allowed a routine grounder to squirt through his legs for a run. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'We can't just be good on paper': Dodgers' World Series defense starts with sloppy opening day loss," 2 Apr. 2021 It's designed to invoke your most primal desires—whether that's for an exquisite gaming chair, an affordable laptop, or just a machine to squirt out single servings of delicious fro-yo. Adrienne So, Wired, "The 15 Best Devices From CES That You Can Buy Now," 14 Jan. 2021 The offensive line got enough push to allow Burford to squirt through and battle for 2½ yards and a first down. Keith Dunlap, Detroit Free Press, "Stoney Creek RB Cam Burford has college-level talent. Just as Chippewa Valley," 7 Nov. 2020 And the team’s Shop Vac strategy worked well—no hornets even attempted to sting anyone or squirt venom at them. Megan Molteni, Wired, "What to Wear When You’re Battling Giant, Venomous Hornets," 28 Oct. 2020 Fluid can squirt out of an open reservoir every time the pedal is released. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Bleed Your Brakes the Right Way," 8 Oct. 2020 Do not allow children to play with hoses, sprinklers, or any toy or device that may accidentally squirt water up the nose. Fox News, "Brain-eating amoeba in water supply spurs Texas city to declare disaster after boy, 6, dies," 27 Sep. 2020 Squeaky Door Hinge When a door starts to squeak, your first thought might be to squirt oil onto the hinges. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Common Home Repairs You Can Do on Your Own," 25 Aug. 2020 Add a few pebbles and twigs to decorate the top of your miniature garden, using the spoon handle to move things around if needed. Step 9: Use the spray bottle to squirt a small amount of water inside the jar. Kris Coronado, Washington Post, "An easy-to-make terrarium brings the outside in," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Whisk the seasoning package, one grated garlic clove, a raw egg, and a squirt of Kewpie Mayo. BostonGlobe.com, "Trending and tasty: 9 viral TikTok recipe hacks worth revisiting," 2 May 2021 Where would a hot dog be without that ubiquitous squirt of ketchup or a ham sandwich without a slather of mayonnaise? Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Horseradish has deep roots in history," 30 Mar. 2021 Some liquid oils may have a basic pour top, while others have a squirt top. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, "The best cast iron oil," 22 Feb. 2021 About four minutes later, Kevin Lankinen let a soft goal by Yanni Gourde squirt through his legs. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Dylan Strome returns from concussion protocol, but Chicago Blackhawks lose 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning," 19 Mar. 2021 Used on a tight, young, tannic red wine, a quick squirt from the WinePrO2 certainly made the wine taste fruitier and more accessible. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Holiday gift ideas for wine lovers: Tasting kits, virtual classes, gadgets and wine TV," 4 Dec. 2020 While lavender is the signature note, the syrup also contains butterfly pea blossom, which has the unique property of changing color from blue to a reddish purple when mixed with a squirt of acidic lemon or lime juice. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio-made Bexar Tonics syrups give a puro San Antonio flair to cocktails," 15 Dec. 2020 Each pile got a final squirt of Worcestershire sauce. Washington Post, "Give in to pandemic cravings, starting with a homemade cheesesteak sandwich," 10 Dec. 2020 My 3-year-old sanitized his doll’s hands with an imaginary squirt of Purell after each outing to the backyard. Washington Post, "Covid has invaded our kids’ pretend play. Experts say it’s a good thing.," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of squirt


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for squirt


Middle English; akin to Low German swirtjen to squirt

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The first known use of squirt was in the 15th century

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“Squirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squirt. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of squirt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to suddenly force (a liquid) out through a small opening
of a liquid : to suddenly be forced out through a small opening
: to make (someone or something) wet with a stream of liquid



English Language Learners Definition of squirt (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small amount of liquid that is produced by squeezing or squirting something
: an annoying person who is small and usually young


\ ˈskwərt How to pronounce squirt (audio) \
squirted; squirting

Kids Definition of squirt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shoot out liquid in a thin stream : spurt



Kids Definition of squirt (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small powerful stream of liquid : jet

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