Definition of squirt in English:

squirt

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Cause (a liquid) to be ejected from a small opening in a thin, fast stream or jet.

    ‘she squirted soda into a glass’
    • ‘He flips the cap of the bottle and squirts the cleaner all over the bathtub.’
    • ‘The children saw the inside of the engine, tried on the safety helmets, and had a go at squirting the water with a hose.’
    • ‘I squirted a thin line of ketchup all down his chest.’
    • ‘You can brush, trowel, throw, squirt, drip or pour paint onto a canvas, or stain it with diluted medium.’
    • ‘A transparent shrimp drifts past my face, the size of a fingernail, and squirts a stream of glowing blue ink at me.’
    • ‘An octopus has no backbone and will squirt ink indiscriminately if threatened.’
    • ‘When drilling into metal, squirt a lightweight oil onto the drill bit and into the hole to tool the bit.’
    • ‘She smiled and squirted too much of Andy's shaving cream on her legs.’
    • ‘When ink is squirted onto the paper through tiny nozzles it is called drop on demand.’
    • ‘Whether squirting liquid food into the mouth is ‘feeding by hand’ is doubtful.’
    • ‘Then I squirted some liquid slug bait around the vulnerable foliage - one bite and those babies would be gone.’
    • ‘In one case, a man was subdued by police after squirting a mysterious spray at a Maryland subway station.’
    • ‘Also, try squirting some lubricant such as graphite, talcum powder, floor oil, mineral oil, or wood dough between the boards.’
    • ‘Kirk Fenton Primary children have made an elephant, using wood, wire, fabric, cardboard and paper, which can squirt water out of its trunk, as well as a crocodile chasing a man on a river and a mashed-potato monster.’
    • ‘A laser printer uses heat to set toner on paper and an ink-jet printer (sometimes called a bubble-jet printer) squirts the ink onto the paper without heat.’
    • ‘Some get good results from dilute vinegar soaks, painting the nail with tea tree oil or squirting the oil from Vitamin E capsules around the nail.’
    • ‘Dumping shampoo and conditioner on my head, I squirted some shower gel on a sponge and scrubbed the grime off my body.’
    • ‘European corn earworms can be controlled by squirting mineral oil on the silk where it emerges from the ear.’
    • ‘This delivery method involves squirting a special insulin spray into your mouth where it's absorbed through your tongue, throat and the inside of your cheeks.’
    • ‘I squirt the soap liquid onto the top layer of dishes, then foam the water with my hands as it pours out of the tap.’
    shoot, spray, fountain, jet, erupt
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    1. 1.1Cause (a container of liquid) to eject its contents in a thin, fast stream.
      ‘some youngsters squirted a water pistol in her face’
      • ‘What you do is squirt a packet of ketchup on your arm, have a seat and watch the tragicomic parade of gore and suffering roll past.’
      • ‘I opened a ketchup packet and squirted it all over my fries, then took one drenched in the yummy sauce and stuck it in my mouth.’
      • ‘A frustrated Ord was then ordered to leave the visitors' dugout and squirted the referee with a water bottle before swearing at young supporters on his way to the changing-room.’
      • ‘Jack and Svetlana took their water guns out of their back-packs and squirted Kaatje and Johann.’
      • ‘We used to squirt water-pistols and climb inside Daleks and start up weird little catchphrases and the music and the whole style of The Rezillos came out of that.’
      • ‘Too hung over to strip naked I'll shower fully clothed, squirting half a bottle of shampoo onto the reeking stains on the front of my shirt.’
      • ‘Growling, she grabbed her juice box and squirted the nearest girl with it.’
      • ‘Before they left the stage they squirted water bottles into the crowd, hands were in the air and they bid their goodbyes as they introduced the Hiero crew.’
      • ‘Day after day, Allegra threatened to squirt her water bottle in on him.’
      • ‘They hate it when you squirt them with a water pistol, especially if the water's got a bit of lemon juice in it.’
    2. 1.2[with object]Wet with a jet or stream of liquid.
      ‘she squirted me with scent’
      • ‘Tom Cruise was just squirted with water at the London premiere of ‘War of the Worlds’ by a prankster TV reporter.’
      • ‘A species of beetle, that squirts its predators with a high-pressure spray of boiling liquid, could provide the key to significant improvements in aircraft engine design.’
      • ‘Screaming, he ran up to me and accidentally squirted me with his Verry Berry Juice box.’
      • ‘Soccer idol David Beckham has posed for his sauciest photo shoot yet - by squirting his head with goo for British style magazine The Face.’
      • ‘I wondered what they thought when they came to the liquid center, and whether one of them got squirted in the eye.’
      • ‘We visited its scent museums and factories, squirting ourselves with so many fragrances that we couldn't tell them apart - and emerged smelling like a tart's handbag.’
      • ‘What finally set me off was being squirted with a bathtub toy.’
      • ‘His friend then went to his aid, but also got squirted with the viscous liquid.’
      • ‘Before making their escape the men squirted Eldon's face with pepper spray.’
      • ‘I got to squirt people with spray bottles, which was lots of fun.’
      • ‘So he is still a pretty nice guy - that is, when he's not squirted with water.’
      • ‘A van driver who was travelling behind the car made a dramatic rescue bid, smashing the Rover's windows, dragging the flaming man out on to the road and squirting him with water from a pump.’
    3. 1.3[no object, with adverbial of direction](of a liquid) be ejected from something in a thin, fast stream.
      ‘tread on one of these and a jet of water squirts up your leg’
      • ‘Timothy, with a swift motion of his hand, broke his pen and the ink squirted mercilessly over the bewildered woman.’
      • ‘If I left the cap loose on the radiator, the anti-freeze wouldn't squirt out, even though the radiator was split.’
      • ‘The creature shrieked as each laser shot cut into it and a thick black liquid squirted out from the massive wounds.’
      • ‘Thick green liquid squirted out everywhere, as Demitrius pulled wires and tubing off of the machine.’
      • ‘A milky, white liquid should squirt out if the corn is ready to be picked.’
      • ‘The tank cracked, and the thick blue liquid started to squirt through the bullet hole.’
      • ‘My skirts grew heavier and heavier, and there were puddles in my shoes so that water squirted out at the seams when I walked.’
      • ‘If you take the rod out and fill the inside bottom part of your mouth with water (or red wine for a more spectacular effect) then purse your lips tightly and push, the liquid will come daintily squirting out the hole.’
      • ‘Lauren was sore all over, dry blood caked her skin around old wounds and puss squirted out of new ones whenever she moved.’
      • ‘A stream of blood squirted out, staining his armor.’
      • ‘On the Reverse Water Labyrinth, bodies tumble on the soft but sinking surface and roll from side to side as water squirts from above.’
      • ‘He has a cute little doll that he baths with but he tends to squish the head so the water comes squirting out of its ears instead of rocking it gently and washing its different body parts.’
      • ‘The red liquid didn't ooze but squirted, spraying him in the face and down the shirt.’
      • ‘It was as if someone had poked a hole in a dam, and all the water that was built up behind the wall was suddenly able to squirt out through that tiny opening.’
      • ‘There is the drop on demand method where the ink squirts onto the paper through tiny nozzles.’
      • ‘Top performer, of course, is the 1.8 petrol, which squirts to 62 mph in 10.8 seconds.’
      • ‘The screw cap popped off with a boom and the water squirted about 30 feet into the air, over the balcony rail and soaked people who were stretching on the second floor.’
      • ‘Red blood began to squirt out of his wound like water from a punctured water balloon.’
      • ‘Water will squirt through the holes and go every, which way instead of slowly dripping down to where you need it.’
      • ‘I picked up the sandwich in my hands and crumpled it up into a ball; jam squirted out and covered my hand in the substance.’
    4. 1.4[no object, with adverbial of direction](of an object) move suddenly and unpredictably.
      ‘he got his glove on the ball but it squirted away’
      • ‘First a shot slammed against the crossbar then a corner to the back post was met by Lee Ashworth, who appeared to head ball and post simultaneously, with the ball squirting agonisingly outside.’
      • ‘As the ball squirted left, it was powerful Philip in the centre who rode the tackles to score near the posts.’
      • ‘More often than not it finished with the ball squirting forward in contact, whereupon Ronan O'Gara, with the breeze at his back, would send them downfield again.’
      • ‘No surprise, then, that when the ball squirted out of the scrum in the 38th minute as England rumbled towards Scotland's line, Cohen knocked on the pass from Harry Ellis.’
      • ‘He was comprehensively floored by Smith and the ball squirted up into the grateful hands of Howe who had an undefended line 20 metres in front of him.’
      • ‘Using too much left English will cause the cue ball to squirt right.’
      • ‘A scrum to Hills on their own 30-metre line was pushed back by the Selby forwards, who generally had the measure of their opponents, but somehow the ball squirted out on the Wheatley side.’
      • ‘You could get a ball bouncing high or squirting through the infield to ruin a no-hitter.’
      • ‘Despite ‘being told’ to ‘take the point’, a low drive found an unguarded spot and the ball squirted off the goal post and over the line.’
      • ‘Scrum half Michael Goldie was then nearly over as he followed up a kick ahead, the ball just squirting from his fingers as he reached for the touchdown.’
      • ‘A forest of hurls pulled, no one really connected and the ball squirted wide.’
      • ‘Choi Yong-soo has acres of space just outside the six-yard box, but his left-foot shot squirts over the bar when it seemed easier to score.’
      • ‘Brice was called out, but television replays showed the ball squirting out of Taberes' glove and bouncing off the wall before he regained control of it.’
      • ‘After the ball squirted out of a ruck on the French side Yachvili darted down the narrow blindside before chipping ahead and winning the race to the ball.’
      • ‘Solskjaer attempts to hook the ball into the net from an impossible angle, and the ball ends up squirting into the path of the on-rushing Ruud van Nistelrooy.’
      • ‘As Robinson went to kick the ball, he collided with King and the ball squirted free.’
      • ‘I aimed almost directly at the object ball, with right English that was so severe, that the ball squirted left, changing the path.’
      • ‘The ball squirted out and away from goal, only to the arriving Canero, who had made a surging run to meet it.’
      • ‘Wilkinson was held up ten metres from the line and the ball squirted out for Flatley to pick up.’
      • ‘This time, Jenkins nearly made a diving grab of Robinson Cano's liner to right-center, but the ball squirted free for a double that left runners at second and third with one out.’
  • 2Transmit (information) in highly compressed or speeded-up form.

    ‘radio equipment could squirt a million words from one continent to another’
    • ‘Nitro implements and extends 802.11g's protection mechanism to limit CCK traffic on the network while a number of OFDM packets are squirted out on the network.’
    • ‘The base-station takes programming, digitises it, squirts it over the WLAN to wherever you happen to be sitting with your LocationFree screen.’
    • ‘For your money, you get the client software that connects your browser to QuikCAT's server, which grabs your email from your ISP, or web pages your browser has requested, compresses the content and then squirts it down the line to you.’

noun

  • 1A thin stream or small quantity of liquid squirted from something.

    ‘a squirt of perfume’
    • ‘Put a can of plum tomatoes, a teaspoon of sugar, a squirt of garlic purée, a couple of teaspoons of dried oregano and a twist or two of black pepper into your food processor and whizz on top speed for a minute or two.’
    • ‘I ate that one, washed down with a squirt of not very runny honey squeezed at pains from a severely misshapen bottle - the result of an attempt to free up the flow by putting it in the microwave a few months back.’
    • ‘A squirt of WD - 40 into the clutch release mechanism sorts it out only temporarily.’
    • ‘Children would simply visit their dentist for a squirt of solution on their teeth.’
    • ‘Bubble time - a squirt of baby bath liquid for an older baby will give enough bubbles to liven up bath time.’
    • ‘The minute micro-engines developed by a team from the University of Birmingham need just a squirt of lighter fluid to get them running.’
    • ‘However, with a squirt of deodorant, the smell is more bearable.’
    • ‘The calamari with a squirt of lemon and a sprinkling of salt was delicious, tender and juicy encased in a light, crispy batter.’
    • ‘She squinted as if trying to shield her eyes from a squirt of acidic juice spouting out of a squeezed orange.’
    • ‘A squirt of sauce predictably makes the ribs taste like sauce and nothing else, so enjoy them bare or not at all.’
    • ‘Ask for a squirt of hot sauce and you have the defining flavors of Southeast Asia - hot, sweet, salty, sour - on a bun.’
    • ‘Though covered in a thin layer of rust, the bow capstans and winches were remarkably preserved and looked as if they would work after a little maintenance and a squirt of oil.’
    • ‘The first sweet, gentle, leafy green salads of spring need shy whites as their partners, and here the Riesling grape rules, especially if you add seafood plus a squirt of lime juice.’
    • ‘He pumped a squirt of antibacterial soap into his hands, and rubbed them together to work up a lather.’
    • ‘The for-sale sign is up, the house has been dusted and each room has been infused with a squirt of air freshener.’
    • ‘Instead of spraying with something toxic, try using a squirt of liquid hand wash soap in some water and spray them with this.’
    • ‘It's time to stop pretending that yesterday's mac and cheese with a squirt of ketchup qualifies as a healthy meal.’
    • ‘Your root beer isn't poured from a can; it's mixed individually with a squirt of syrup from the silvery array of dispensers behind the laminated counter.’
    • ‘The landlord of our office tower checks everyone's temperature as we come into work in the morning, and we are offered a squirt of alcohol to sterilise our hands.’
    • ‘If you order a White Chocolate Mocha, the procedure is simple: a squirt of white chocolate syrup, and then over to the machine where shots of espresso shoot down.’
    spurt, jet, spray, spritz, fountain, gush, stream, surge, flow
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    1. 1.1A small device from which a liquid may be squirted.
      • ‘After use, the oil squirt simply can be re-mounted to the wall holder and, at the same time, the nose tip may be introduced into the closure cap held in clamped condition.’
      • ‘The present invention is concerned with an oil squirt exhibiting a resiliently bendable nose and being attached to a wall holder in a predetermined supporting position.’
  • 2informal A puny or insignificant person.

    ‘what did he see in this patronizing little squirt?’
    • ‘I am going to strangle the little squirt when I get a hold to him!’
    • ‘he thought, grasping his sword tightly, Wonder what the little squirt is doing here?’
    • ‘I chuckled at how much the little squirt reminded me of myself.’
    • ‘The new big noise, Pete, turned out to be an indulged squirt who displayed a chronic lack of professionalism and failed hopelessly to live up to his billing.’
    • ‘You'd wonder how such an insulting little squirt could amass such a fortune and control the mighty moguls of the motor racing business.’
    • ‘Getch is a squirt of a man, far stronger than his ribby physique would suggest.’
    • ‘Who knew the little squirt would be that good at video games?’
    • ‘You always come up with such good ones despite being just a little squirt.’
    • ‘I can't allow Samuel to be called all the names under the sun and have a squirt of a boy insult me.’
    • ‘‘Take it easy squirt,’ said a boy as he literally lifted Oram off his feet.’
    • ‘I went downstairs and entered the kitchen to find my mum drinking tea and my dad rushing to find his car keys: ‘Morning squirt, see ya love’.’
    • ‘I envisioned a young squirt of an elf, say just a sprightly 100 or 200 years, slipping out to meet his miscreant pals, grab a leaf and ride a wind current.’
    impudent person, insignificant person, gnat, insect
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  • 3A compressed radio signal transmitted at high speed.

    • ‘The squirt signal is a burst of alternating voltage signal.’
    • ‘The generation of the squirt signal and selection of the string to which it is applied is under the control of the microprocessor unit 54 as has been described.’

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): imitative.

Pronunciation:

squirt

/skwəːt/