\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Campbell’s vendor then goes to squirt Strange with mustard in disgust, which is when the Master of the Mystic Arts takes control over the condiment-wielding hand. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 May 2022 Early on, the film takes us back into the kitchen, where there are no chefs to be seen — just stainless steel counters, where employees squirt prepackaged sauce on microwave pasta. Peter Debruge, Variety, 23 Mar. 2022 What the bombs spare often sops up cyanide, which local fishers squirt into the nooks and crannies of reefs to stun small fish and sell them in the aquarium trade. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, 4 Nov. 2021 Simply squirt copious amounts of sriracha into an 8-ounce tub of sour cream. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 13 Feb. 2022 Suspend the brush over the bowl, with the toilet seat holding it in place, and use a spray bottle to squirt hydrogen peroxide on the bristles. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2022 Wisinski used a syringe to squirt around fake owl poop — in reality, white paint. NBC News, 28 Jan. 2022 Waiters served one course using eyedroppers to squirt liquid onto the diners’ plates. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2021 Verhaeghe opened the scoring for Florida midway through the first, and Duclair got the puck to squirt past DeSmith for a 2-0 Panthers lead at 3:57 of the second period. Tim Reynolds, sun-sentinel.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If your handle is dirty, greasy, or discolored, a quick squirt of Windex and a wipe with a paper towel will fix it. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 2 Aug. 2017 The constant churning, and a squirt of sticky hyaluronic acid, encouraged particles to collide and stick together into snow. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2022 So a squirt of dish soap in your soaking water will help lift off and wash away fats, though the soaking provides little advantage over just using soap to wash right away. Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2021 In 2003, as Lodin tells it, Ian Lodin was playing squirt hockey in suburban Indianapolis on a team that regularly steamrollered opponents, thanks in part to a particularly talented player. David Andreatta, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 The xiaolongbao dumplings — made with chicken, pork or crab — come out of the dough with a copious squirt of spicy sauce. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 6 Dec. 2021 Occasional blemishes, smears and splodges could still show up, but a refreshed hypervisor or a squirt of Windex should help. Adrian Bridgwater, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 The nozzle stopped working after the first squirt, so the housekeeper removed the cap and emptied all of the contents on the guest. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 23 Oct. 2021 What's promising about the vaccine under study is that it is expected to quickly stop COVID-19 spread from those who get the two-squirt dose. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 2 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Squirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squirt. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for squirt


\ 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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