Definition of splurt in US English:



  • 1A sudden gush, especially of saliva.

    • ‘In a splurt of blood, the battle was suddenly over.’
    1. 1.1 A sudden brief outburst of something.
      ‘I let out a splurt of laughter’
      outburst, burst, eruption, flare-up, explosion, outbreak, blow-up
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[with object]informal
  • Push out with force; spit out.

    ‘the rear wheels splurted gravel’
    • ‘LiveJournal is being very mysterious: it's once again not syndicated anything from here for days, and now it's suddenly splurted out several days of posts at once.’
    • ‘The former lead singer for the band was splurting out an insult to a goth girl in her audience for being a goth.’
    • ‘I occasionally have a whiz round with the Hoover and splurt a bit of cleaning fluid down the loo, but aside from that I don't have much to do apart from opening the post and giving the odd guitar lesson.’
    • ‘‘I didn't know you had a taste for wine, Angelina,’ I finally splurted out, trying to sound as smooth as I could.’
    • ‘Now, as they're both house trained this shouldn't provide too much of a problem, except that they both seem to have developed a habit of perching on the side of their litter tray, and splurting their ‘goodness’ over the edge.’
    • ‘He was splurting some inane fact about cricket pads.’
    • ‘In one swift movement Carver plunged the knife forward and embedded it in David's eye, splurting blood across the cliff wall.’
    • ‘The shelf in the bathroom was littered with tins of hair spray, styling mousse, shampoo and conditioner, blobs of each of which had been splurted onto every available surface.’


Late 18th century: imitative.