verb (used without object), ex·pec·to·rat·ed, ex·pec·to·rat·ing.
verb (used with object), ex·pec·to·rat·ed, ex·pec·to·rat·ing.
- expected frequency,
- expected utility,
- expected value,
Origin of expectorate
Examples from the Web for expectorate
In a very short time a profuse perspiration broke out over my whole body, and I began to expectorate freely.The Quadroon|Mayne Reid
"This ain't no place to work like that," he said; then he began to expectorate over my block and annoy me in that way.From the Bottom Up|Alexander Irvine
Don Jorge was everywhere, and none could talk so volubly nor gesticulate and expectorate so vehemently as he.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
He turns to expectorate, sweeping the large shop with a quick, watchful eye.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
The mucus accumulating during sleep often awakens the patient in efforts at hawking and spitting to detach and expectorate it.
Word Origin for expectorate
c.1600, "to clear out the chest or lungs," from Latin expectoratus, past participle of expectorare "scorn, expel from the mind," literally "make a clean breast," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pectus (genitive pectoris) "breast" (see pectoral (adj.)). Use as a euphemism for "spit" is first recorded 1827. Original sense in expectorant. Related: Expectorated; expectorating.