- 1[intransitive, transitive] (of liquid or flames) to burst or pour out suddenly; to produce sudden, powerful streams of liquid or flames spurt (from something) Blood was spurting from her nose. spurt out (of/from something) Red and yellow flames spurted out of the fire. spurt something Her nose was spurting blood. spurt something + adv./prep. The volcano spurted clouds of steam and ash high into the air.
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to increase your speed for a short time to get somewhere faster She spurted past me to get to the line first. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: of unknown origin.
BrE BrE//spɜːt//; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spurt
BrE BrE//spɜːt//; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrt//he / she / it spurts
BrE BrE//spɜːts//; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrts//past simple spurted
BrE BrE//ˈspɜːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɜːrtɪd//past participle spurted
BrE BrE//ˈspɜːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɜːrtɪd//-ing form spurting
BrE BrE//ˈspɜːtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɜːrtɪŋ//