\ 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

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 The violence and scattered confrontations in shopping malls earlier Sunday, where police also squirted pepper spray and made several arrests, ended what had been a break of a couple of weeks in conflicts between police and protesters. Washington Post, "China’s premier says HK bill turmoil damaged whole society," 16 Dec. 2019 Later in the inning, with the bases loaded and Saints down 7-6, Michael Lang hit a chopper to the shortstop that squirted between his legs and into the outfield, plating two more. Paul Hodowanic, Twin Cities, "Saints rally from 5-0 deficit to win North Division championship series," 10 Sep. 2019 Or for quarterback Tyler Huntley (14 of 17 passing, two scores), who danced and squirted out of danger — usually out of the grip of Davion Taylor — most of the night. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "“It’s a radically different feel”: Why Mel Tucker’s 1st season has CU Buffs fans sad that it’s over," 30 Nov. 2019 When the engine stops, pull the spark plugs and squirt some fogging oil into the cylinders. Popmech Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Winterize Your Boat for the Cold Months Ahead," 21 Nov. 2019 The knuckling try from 58 feet went through traffic, skipped about 10 feet in front of the net, and squirted under Binnington’s arm. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Patrice Bergeron lit a fire with his pregame speech, and the Bruins forced a Game 7," 10 June 2019 Moreover, each drug must be squirted into a child’s mouth with a separate syringe, so a mother must have up to four syringes on hand and clean them for each subsequent use. New York Times, "New Strawberry-Flavored H.I.V. Drugs for Babies Are Offered at $1 a Day," 29 Nov. 2019 The ball squirted back to the Giants 7-yard line, where Nick Williams grabbed it and returned it to the 3. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Column: It’s impossible to feel differently about the flawed Bears after a narrow win against the Giants," 24 Nov. 2019 And normally reliable freshman punter Jay Bramblett squirted a 28-yard kick to set up Michigan’s first touchdown drive. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "More road pain vs, top-20 foe for Brian Kelly, Notre Dame as Michigan pounds Irish," 27 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One day, during a game on Long Island, a boy on our squirt team (squirts are nine- and ten-year-olds) got clocked in front of our bench. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "My Year of Concussions," 4 Nov. 2019 Young squirts away, pours it on Pistons coach Dwane Casey warned prior to the game his team needed to have its running shoes on against the youthful Hawks. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Derrick Rose can't do it alone in 117-100 home-opener loss to Hawks," 25 Oct. 2019 Times are 9 to 10:30 a.m. for mites (8 and under) and squirts (10 and under) and 10:30 a.m. to noon for peewees (12 and under) and bantams (17 and under). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Women’s group serves meal at Camp Pendleton’s Fisher House," 7 Aug. 2019 Soft fish, even softer avocado (which now offered nothing in terms of contrast) and oddest of all, a squirt of what appeared to be chipotle barbecue sauce. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Potentially potent: Felipe Rodriguez Tequila House in Thornton Park | Review," 24 July 2019 The burger is finished with two generous squirts of sauce. Kim Severson, New York Times, "A Naughty Name, a Virtuous Menu and a Line Down the Block," 1 July 2019 Add a big squirt of dish soap into the bottle, and swirl gently to mix. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Make Elephant Toothpaste," 1 Aug. 2019 As one friend tries to pop the child-proof tab, the weed beer squirts in her face. Amanda Chicago Lewis, The Verge, "Big Alcohol is pouring," 30 July 2019 Go slow and bite carefully to avoid having the dumpling squirt your fellow eaters. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "The best dumplings in Los Angeles, an official guide," 29 July 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

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“Squirt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squirting. Accessed 28 January 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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