- 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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- a pointed rod or bar for thrusting through and holding meat that is to be cooked before or over a fire.
- any of various rods, pins, or the like used for particular purposes.
- a narrow point of land projecting into the water.
- a long, narrow shoal extending from the shore.
- to pierce, stab, or transfix, as with a spit; impale on something sharp.
- to thrust a spit into or through.
Origin of spit2
Examples from the Web for spitting
You cannot take your eyes off her for the entire film, as she vamps about, chewing up scenery and spitting out hearts.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
In defiance, I held my ticket above my head, which triggered the spitting and chants of “How Dare You!”Inside the Metropolitan Opera’s Insane Year
Shawn E. Milnes
November 23, 2014
The other child started by spitting on and pinching her daughter.Loud, Proud, and Atheist: ‘Openly Secular’ Encourages Nonbelievers to Come Out of the Closet
September 25, 2014
I know they ended up putting a spit bag on his head because he was getting really violent and spitting and who knows what.The Porn Party Where War Machine Went Ballistic
August 20, 2014
“People have told me that I look like him, act like him, that my kids are the spitting image of him,” she said.The First Modern School Shooter Feels Responsible for the Rest
May 30, 2014
Big drops of rain fell about me, spitting the dust like spent balls.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
These, from their spitting proclivities, might be called Spitfires.
In other words, though excellent for hawking, they are too tough for spitting.
There was a tremendous snarling and spitting and screeching.White Fang
His eyes gleamed like two lamps and he was spitting fire and flame from his maw.The Chinese Fairy Book
- (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 spitting
"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.