\ˈskwərt \
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

b : kid sense 1

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Other Words from squirt


squirter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for squirt

Synonyms: Verb

gush, jet, pour, rush, spew, spout, spurt, swoosh

Synonyms: Noun

bambino, bud, chick, child, cub, juvenile, kid, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, moppet, whelp, youngling, youngster, youth

Antonyms: Verb

dribble, drip, drop, trickle

Antonyms: Noun

adult, grown-up

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Examples of squirt in a Sentence


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.


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

When the ball squirted free in the penalty area and slid into Donovan's path for the winning strike, Cantor hit the high notes. Steven Goff, chicagotribune.com, "'Goooooool!' Andres Cantor is the Spanish-speaking American voice of the World Cup," 7 June 2018 Just one more slipup, a night where the ball squirts out of the basket, where his players are a little too careless or where their opponents are just too hot, and all of it ends. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Rockets take an edge despite an injury to Paul, but Warriors' Kerr doesn’t sound like a guy on brink of losing his title," 25 May 2018 In the quick clip, Shrienzada is seen squirting a hefty amount of primer into a little bowl. Devon Abelman, Allure, "This Woman Made DIY Mascara Out of Vaseline and the Results Are Controversial," 24 Jan. 2018 In these locations, full-body misters squirt a cool mist of water from head to toe at the touch of a button. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "What’s new at the California State Fair? Here’s everything you need to know," 13 July 2018 Nilsa Adorno, 30, a quirky kind of urban guardian angel sporting tattoos, facial piercings, a Batman T-shirt, and black sunglasses adorned with white skulls, squirted a dollop of hand sanitizer into each tiny palm. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "Fighting summer hunger block by block, lunch by lunch," 20 June 2018 People have been squirting it for the past 40 years, and the amount sprayed on fields has gone up about 15-fold since the introduction of RoundUp Ready crops, also made by Monsanto, in 1996. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Glyphosate is safe, but some scientists still question how we regulate it," 5 June 2018 There's a slow-mo version of all the blood squirting out of me. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld' Star on That Deadly Man in Black Twist," 18 June 2018 The tests were rigorous and often unpleasant, including daily enemas and having vertigo induced by having ice water squirted in their ears. Kat Eschner, Outside Online, "One Small Step for a Woman, One Giant Leap for Mankind," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pulse all ingredients briefly in a food processor along with sea salt, a handful of cilantro, and a generous squirt of fresh lime juice. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Guide To Growing The Biggest Tomatillos North Of Mexico," 22 Mar. 2017 Your hot dog deserves more than just a pedestrian squirt of mustard. Mallorie Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July food: Here are 9 last-minute recipes your guests will love," 3 July 2018 The magazine also reported that Sonic will let customers add a squirt of the pickle syrup to any menu item. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Pucker up! Sonic's new Pickle Juice Slush debuts Monday," 10 June 2018 An operation may begin with a squirt of superglue in a shop’s keyhole, or a bottle of petrol left on a doorstep. The Economist, "Trends in extortion payments by companies to Italy’s Mafia," 14 June 2018 Its exotic whisper of garam masala, balanced by the berry’s sweetness and a tart squirt of lemon, is the magic touch that lifts a simple fresh-roasted turkey sandwich to something special. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Middle Child a bright new player in luncheonette revival," 25 May 2018 His pork belly chahan, a fried rice dish at the heart of the Chinese-Japanese kitchen, is dyed black with squid ink and tossed with aromatics including fish sauce, lemon basil and a squirt of pungent sudachi lime. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "Jonathan Gold finds Travis Lett's izakaya MTN to be Peak Venice — and pretty Japanese too," 25 May 2018 Fill your pot with hot water and a few squirts of dishwashing liquid, like Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap ($6 for 2 bottles, amazon.com). Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Burnt Pot or Pan," 3 Apr. 2018 Next, combine a squirt of the Shimmering Skin Perfector liquid with a bit of a beauty balm. Devon Abelman, Allure, "This MUA's Genius Highlighter Technique Lets You Fake the "Glass Skin" Look," 18 May 2018

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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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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 \
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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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