\ 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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squirter noun

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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 After Lopez was stripped in the post by Orlando's Nikola Vucevic, the ball squirted out toward the sideline. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 111, Magic 100: With Giannis out, Ersan Ilyasova delivers another winning performance," 28 Dec. 2019 Flight Trying to keep the man on the floor, Murphy grabbed a bottle of baby shampoo from her kitchen and squirted it in his face. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Bodybuilding Grandma, 82, Beats Up Home Intruder: 'I Really Did a Number on That Man'," 25 Nov. 2019 Nigel Long squirted some sanitizer onto the woman's hands. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "'We're not the generation of tomorrow': Young black leaders rise to challenge of coronavirus," 4 May 2020 To cap off the evening, the fraternity then had whip cream squirted into each freshman's mouth, followed by more shots of alcohol that were poured into their mouths. David Robinson, USA TODAY, "Christmas-themed hazing at Cornell frat party linked to investigation of student's death," 29 Jan. 2020 In the examination room, the technician squirted warm gel onto my belly, tucked a paper gown into my leggings and pressed the ultrasound wand into my lower abdomen. Robin Amer, USA Today, "I was panicking over coronavirus. Then I heard my baby’s heartbeat.," 22 Apr. 2020 The 30-second spot was squirted into commercial breaks during three of the 11 Democratic debates. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How Ron Reagan, son of a true believer, became an atheist," 13 Apr. 2020 Fifteen days after the rehearsal, Comstock squirted shampoo into her hand and experienced an odd and pleasing sensation. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "A Washington state choir decided to go ahead with rehearsal. Now dozens of members have COVID-19 and two are dead.," 31 Mar. 2020 Behind the glass are dozens of gag items and goofy essentials — joy buzzers, squirting nickels, exploding chewing gum, floating eyeballs, fake fried eggs. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "This just in: Social-distance cycling OK during coronavirus pandemic," 22 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stack the briquettes into a pyramid shape, squirt on some lighter fluid, and then immediately light the briquettes. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Became a Charcoal Grill Master," 2 May 2020 Team coaches and trainers distributed squirts of hand sanitizer to players during timeouts and other pauses in play and were expected to urge players to wash their hands thoroughly at halftime. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "How to play live pro sports in a pandemic? Taiwan, South Korea offer lessons," 5 May 2020 On Saturday at the Magic Kingdom, Disney guests were greeted just inside the park entrance by a cast member armed with about six bottles of hand sanitizer – giving out squirts to anyone who offered their hands. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Last day at Disney: I was there. It was weird," 17 Mar. 2020 One enterprising English schoolboy was caught selling squirts of hand sanitizer to his peers for 50 pence a pump. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "The Pandemic’s Shameless Profiteers," 3 Apr. 2020 The Bio Bidet Elite3 attaches to the back of his toilet seat and squirts cold water at his bum at different pressure settings, controlled by a dial. Melissa Pandika, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus in the Bay Area: And now they’re hoarding bidets," 31 Mar. 2020 The campaign has made one concession to coronavirus: People entering Biden’s Detroit event were given a squirt of hand sanitizer. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus isn’t stopping one thing: Presidential candidates’ big rallies," 9 Mar. 2020 Ingesting even small amounts -- as little as two or three squirts in some cases -- can cause alcohol poisoning. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Don't try to make your own hand sanitizer just because there's a shortage from coronavirus," 3 Mar. 2020 Plastic Chairs Sponge them off with a solution of a squirt of liquid dish soap in a bowl of warm water; rinse with a hose. Good Housekeeping, "Speed Clean Your Patio for Spring," 13 Mar. 2014

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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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24 May 2020

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“Squirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squirt. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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