v. squirt·ed, squirt·ing, squirts
1. To flow from a narrow opening in a thin forceful stream or jet; spurt.
2. To issue in a thick flow: A dab of toothpaste squirted from the tube.
3. To eject liquid in a forceful stream or thick flow: squeezed the lemon till it squirted.
4. To move in a sudden dart or burst: "The pigeon squirted out of the old man's hand into the cage" (E. Annie Proulx).
1. To eject (liquid) forcibly in a thin stream from a narrow opening.
2. To squeeze out or extrude in a thick flow: squirted a bead of caulk into the crack.
3. To wet with a spurt of liquid.
1. The act of squirting.
2. An instrument, such as a syringe, used for squirting.
3. A squirted jet of liquid.
a. A small or young person.
b. An insignificant or contemptible person.
[Middle English squirten, possibly of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin; akin to Low German swirtjen.]
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