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spat1

[spat] /spæt/
noun
1.
a petty quarrel.
2.
a light blow; slap; smack.
verb (used without object), spatted, spatting.
3.
to engage in a petty quarrel or dispute.
4.
to splash or spatter; rain spatting against the window.
verb (used with object), spatted, spatting.
5.
to strike lightly; slap.
Origin of spat1
1795-1805
1795-1805, Americanism; perhaps imitative
Synonyms
1. tiff, scrap, set-to.

spat2

[spat] /spæt/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of spit1 .

spat3

[spat] /spæt/
noun
1.
a short gaiter worn over the instep and usually fastened under the foot with a strap, worn especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Origin
1795-1805; short for spatterdash

spat4

[spat] /spæt/
noun
1.
the spawn of an oyster or similar shellfish.
2.
young oysters collectively.
3.
a young oyster.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English; origin uncertain
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spat1

/spæt/
noun
1.
(rare) a slap or smack
2.
a slight quarrel
verb spats, spatting, spatted
3.
(rare) to slap (someone)
4.
(intransitive) (US & Canadian, NZ) to have a slight quarrel
Word Origin
C19: probably imitative of the sound of quarrelling

spat2

/spæt/
verb
1.
a past tense and past participle of spit1

spat3

/spæt/
noun
1.
another name for gaiter (sense 2)
Word Origin
C19: short for spatterdash

spat4

/spæt/
noun
1.
a larval oyster or similar bivalve mollusc, esp when it settles to the sea bottom and starts to develop a shell
2.
such oysters or other molluscs collectively
Word Origin
C17: from Anglo-Norman spat; perhaps related to spit1
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Word Origin and History for spats

spat

n.

"petty quarrel," 1804, American English, of unknown origin; perhaps somehow imitative (cf. spat "smack, slap," attested from 1823).

"short gaiter covering the ankle," 1779, shortening of spatterdash "long gaiter to keep trousers or stockings from being spattered with mud" (1680s), from spatter and dash (v.).

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