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[sprits, shprits] /sprɪts, ʃprɪts/
verb (used with object)
to spray briefly and quickly; squirt:
He spritzed a little soda in his drink.
a quick, brief spray of liquid; squirt.
1915-20, Americanism; < German spritzen to squirt, spray Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for spritz
  • Each spritz is pretty light, but the rapid fire provides adequate soakage.
  • spritz inside oven generously with spray bottle and close door.
  • Put croissants in oven, then spritz again before closing door.
  • spritz the potatoes with a few drops of white wine, and there you have it: food for the gods.
  • spritz on a bit of summer with these bright blends, which recall a balmy, breezy day on the beach.
  • Sensors detect the telltale spritz of graffiti paint.
  • Additional items including lotion and facial spritz were available in the lavs, so this category gets a slight nudge up.
  • Season the beef with salt and pepper, then spritz the pan with cooking spray and add the beef to the pan.
  • No one is even suggesting that it was a malicious spritz.
  • Whether a long spritz, a short spritz or a steady spritz, the court papers do not say.
Word Origin and History for spritz

1917, from Yiddish or German, literally "spray." Spritzer "glass of wine mixed with carbonated water" is from 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for spritz


  1. A serving of carbonated water, esp an addition of carbonated water to a glass of wine: She asked for white wine with a spritz (1960s+)
  2. A slight rain or shower: We may get just a wee spritz this afternoon (1970s+)

To spray or sprinkle: the fixative with which he spritzed it so it would not smear/ She spritzed a little scent behind her ear and was ready (1976+)

[fr Yiddish, ''spray'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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