\ 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

The Astros' Jake Marisnick originally was called safe after taking out Lucroy and with the ball squirting away from Lucroy in the process following a throw from right field. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Astros rally to walkoff win over Angels in a wild one," 7 July 2019 When she's done with the show and tell, Owings squirts the contents of the syringe back into the tank. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "The Blood of the Crab," 23 Aug. 2019 Trump is a political octopus, squirting so much diversionary black ink at us that diversion is the new normal. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Forget “No Collusion,” Trump Is Now Pro-Collusion," 14 June 2019 The bird opens its mouth eagerly as her syringe squirts out a kind of warm shrimp milkshake. Anna Groves, Discover Magazine, "Inside the Heroic Mission to Save Thousands of Baby Flamingos," 11 Aug. 2019 Sample destinations: Egypt, Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, India, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Serbia FAKE ACCIDENTS The scam: A passerby squirts you with a liquid, condiment or fake bird dropping. Andrea Sachs, Twin Cities, "10 common travel scams — and how to avoid them," 10 Aug. 2019 The spongy yellow bread bleeds down into the white filling; the filling squirts out the sides. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, "The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion," 29 July 2019 What was silly business for The Three Stooges, who made a career out of squirting seltzer bottles, is all business for Alex Gomberg. CBS News, "Sparkling water is making a splash," 21 July 2019 Moira propped the sword against the wall by the bench, opened her purse, brought out a small tube, and squirted a curlicue of cream into her palm. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Just like most other shower products, a single squirt on a wet washcloth will do the trick, and the water in your shower will dilute it to the proper potency. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "13 Castile Soap Uses You've Never Thought of Before," 22 May 2019 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

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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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