\ 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

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

Synonyms: Noun

jet, spout, spurt

Antonyms: Verb

dribble, drip, drop, trickle

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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

Instantly, the quadcopter squirted streams of silicone oil into the unoccupied raven’s nest, thoroughly coating a clutch of simulated eggs. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "These tortoise-killing ravens are so smart, scientists must use drones to stop them," 9 June 2019 The Gomez family disputed this report, saying a neighborhood conflict began when someone squirted mustard onto the back of Tim’s van. Gwendolyn Wu, SFChronicle.com, "Mother of man killed by San Leandro police disputes officers’ version of events," 13 June 2019 Here comes the point guard, spinning between the converging Kentucky defenders, squirting out the other side and gathering speed. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Just how good is Jake LaRavia? Indiana State's opponents will find out soon enough," 9 June 2019 Try squeezing a banana, for example, and a mess will squirt out from its ends. Quanta Magazine, "The Atomic Theory of Origami," 31 Oct. 2017 To check her sense of balance, testers squirted water into her ears. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Jerrie Cobb Passed Astronaut Tests but NASA Kept Her Out of Space," 10 May 2019 The puck squirted out to Tyler Johnson, who relayed it over to Ondrej Palat. Tyler Horka, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Palat Leads Lightning Past Bruins; Sharks Knot Series in Game 4," 2 May 2018 Didi Gregorius walked and Giancarlo Stanton chopped a grounder to the shortstop hole that squirted out of Cozart's glove, allowing Judge to score. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Yankees bang up Angels early in 11-1 rout," 29 Apr. 2018 Inside the pages of the fashion tome, the Beckham children let loose in style, squirting each other with water guns as their parents lounge on the grass. Lily Rose, Allure, "Victoria Beckham Poses With David and All Four Kids for British Vogue Cover," 4 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are companies that market SPF 105 sunscreen for kids and the mom sort of squirts it on the kid and then up the kid goes in a bathing suit for three or four hours in the sun. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Skin cancer in Florida: What you need to know," 18 July 2019 Rain and pollinator gardeners, for the most part, have also learned that the short-term fix provided by a squirt of weed killer or synthetic nitrogen to green up a lawn is just that — short term. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: To be a gardener, it’s best to embrace the win some, lose some philosophy," 22 June 2019 But in 2003, James and his bandmates already seemed to be mainlining the same influences as the jam bands on Bonnaroo’s neighboring stages, channeling elements of the Dead, the Band, the Allman Brothers, maybe even a squirt of Parliament-Funkadelic. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "After a long, strange trip ... all your indie faves are jam bands now," 6 June 2019 Her go-to smoothie includes berries, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, honey, ice cubes, a squirt of fresh lemon juice, and a scoop of protein powder. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is Exactly What Jennifer Lopez's Daily Diet Looks Like," 16 May 2019 So even a few squirts of that antibacterial gel can cause alcohol poisoning, which leads to confusion, vomiting, drowsiness, and even trouble breathing. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "Beware! Your Child Could Be Getting Drunk Off Hand Sanitizer," 14 Sep. 2015 How to Get Black Coffee Out of a Fabric Car Seat Blot up as much of the coffee as possible with a towel or paper towel, then mix two cups of water, one cup of white vinegar, and a squirt of dish soap. Fox News, "Coffee, tea, wine: How to get rid of common stains," 3 Dec. 2015 If your sink is stainless steel, substitute a few squirts of dishwashing liquid for the bleach, then use SOS pads to buff away any bacteria hiding in scratches. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "How to Keep a Clean Kitchen," 28 Sep. 2011 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

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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 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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