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squirt

[skwurt] /skwɜrt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to eject liquid in a jet from a narrow orifice:
The hose squirted all over us.
2.
to eject a spurt of liquid:
The lemon squirted in my eye.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cause (liquid or a viscous substance) to spurt or issue in a jet, as from a narrow orifice:
Squirt the water over that way!
4.
to wet or bespatter with a liquid or viscous substance so ejected:
to squirt someone with a hose.
noun
5.
the act of squirting.
6.
a spurt or jetlike stream, as of water.
7.
a small quantity of liquid or viscous substance squirted:
Put a squirt of chocolate sauce on my ice cream.
8.
Informal.
  1. a youngster, especially a meddlesome or impudent one.
  2. a short person.
  3. an insignificant, self-assertive person, especially one who is small or young.
9.
an instrument for squirting, as a syringe.
10.
Usually, squirts. Dialect, diarrhea.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; (v.) late Middle English squirten, apparently variant of swirten; cognate with Low German swirtjen in same sense; perhaps akin to swirl; (noun) late Middle English sqwyrt diarrhea, derivative of the v.
Related forms
squirter, noun
squirtingly, adverb
unsquirted, adjective
Synonyms
6. jet, spray, stream.
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  • From this comes the common saying that the sea squirt eats its own brain.
British Dictionary definitions for squirt

squirt

/skwɜːt/
verb
1.
to force (a liquid) or (of a liquid) to be forced out of a narrow opening
2.
(transitive) to cover or spatter with liquid so ejected
noun
3.
a jet or amount of liquid so ejected
4.
the act or an instance of squirting
5.
an instrument used for squirting
6.
(informal)
  1. a person regarded as insignificant or contemptible
  2. a short person
Derived Forms
squirter, noun
Word Origin
C15: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for squirt
v.

mid-15c., squyrten "eject water in a jet," of uncertain origin, probably imitative. Related: Squirted; squirting.

n.

mid-15c., originally "diarrhea," from squirt (v.). Meaning "a whipper-snapper" is from 1839.

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Slang definitions & phrases for squirt

squirt

noun
  1. A short or small person, esp an insignificant, contemptible little male; peanut: Ah, what a little squirt is there (1839+)
  2. (also young squirt) A young man, esp a presumptuous or foppish youth (1848+)

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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