- to eject saliva from the mouth; expectorate.
- to express hatred, contempt, etc., by or as if by ejecting saliva from the mouth.
- to sputter: grease spitting on the fire.
- to fall in scattered drops or flakes, as rain or snow.
- to eject from the mouth: The children were spitting watermelon seeds over the fence.
- to throw out or emit like saliva: The kettle spits boiling water over the stove.
- to set a flame to.
- saliva, especially when ejected.
- the act of spitting.
- Entomology. Also called spittle. the frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs.
- a light fall of rain or snow.
- spit up, to vomit; throw up: The wounded soldier spat up blood. If you jostle the baby, she'll spit up.
- spit and image, Informal. exact likeness; counterpart: Hunched over his desk, pen in hand, he was the spit and image of his father at work.Also spitting image, spit 'n' image.
Origin of spit1
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- (intr) to expel saliva from the mouth; expectorate
- (intr) informal to show disdain or hatred by spitting
- (of a fire, hot fat, etc) to eject (fragments of coal, sparks, etc) violently and with an explosive sound; splutter
- (intr) to rain very lightly
- (tr often foll by out) to eject or discharge (something) from the mouthhe spat the food out; to spit blood
- (tr often foll by out) to utter (short sharp words or syllables), esp in a violent manner
- spit chips Australian slang to be very angryAlso (NZ): spit tacks
- spit it out! British informal a command given to someone that he should speak forthwith
- a pointed rod on which meat is skewered and roasted before or over an open fire
- Also called: rotisserie, rotating spit a similar device rotated by electricity or clockwork, fitted onto a cooker
- an elongated often hooked strip of sand or shingle projecting from the shore, deposited by longshore drift, and usually above water
- (tr) to impale on or transfix with or as if with a spit
- the depth of earth cut by a spade; a spade's depth
Word Origin and History for spit up
"expel saliva," Old English spittan (Anglian), spætan (West Saxon), from PIE *sp(y)eu-, of imitative origin (see spew). Not the usual Old English word for this; spætlan (see spittle) and spiwan (see spew) are more common. Meaning "to eject saliva (at someone or something) as a gesture of contempt" is in Old English.
"sharp-pointed rod on which meat is roasted," Old English spitu, from Proto-Germanic *spituz (cf. Middle Dutch spit, Swedish spett, Old High German spiz, German Spieß "spit," German spitz "pointed"), from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)). This is also the source of the word meaning "sandy point" (1670s). Old French espois, Spanish espeto "spit" are Germanic loan-words. The verb meaning "to put on a spit" is recorded from c.1200.
"saliva," c.1300, from spit (v.). Meaning "the very likeness" is attested from c.1600 (e.g. spitting image, attested from 1901); cf. French craché in same sense. Military phrase spit and polish first recorded 1895.
Idioms and Phrases with spit up
Vomit, as in Infants often spit up part of their milk.