spat

1
[ spat ]
/ spæt /
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noun

a petty quarrel.
a light blow; slap; smack.

verb (used without object), spat·ted, spat·ting.

to engage in a petty quarrel or dispute.
to splash or spatter; rain spatting against the window.

verb (used with object), spat·ted, spat·ting.

to strike lightly; slap.

Origin of spat

1
An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805; perhaps imitative

Definition for spat (2 of 6)

spat

2
[ spat ]
/ spæt /

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of spit1.

Definition for spat (3 of 6)

spat

3
[ spat ]
/ spæt /

noun

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 of spat

3
First recorded in 1795–1805; short for spatterdash

Definition for spat (4 of 6)

spat

4
[ spat ]
/ spæt /

noun

the spawn of an oyster or similar shellfish.
young oysters collectively.
a young oyster.

Origin of spat

4
1350–1400; Middle English; origin uncertain

Definition for spat (5 of 6)

Origin of spit

1
before 950; (v.) Middle English spitten, Old English spittan; cognate with German (dial.) spitzen to spit; akin to Old English spǣtan to spit, spātl spittle; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related formsspit·like, adjective

Definition for spat (6 of 6)

spit

2
[ spit ]
/ spɪt /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), spit·ted, spit·ting.

to pierce, stab, or transfix, as with a spit; impale on something sharp.
to thrust a spit into or through.

Origin of spit

2
before 1000; Middle English spite, Old English spitu; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German spit, spet, Old High German spiz spit; akin to Old Norse spīta peg
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British Dictionary definitions for spat (1 of 7)

spat

1
/ (spæt) /

noun

rare a slap or smack
a slight quarrel

verb spats, spatting or spatted

rare to slap (someone)
(intr) US, Canadian and NZ to have a slight quarrel

Word Origin for spat

C19: probably imitative of the sound of quarrelling

British Dictionary definitions for spat (2 of 7)

spat

2
/ (spæt) /

verb

a past tense and past participle of spit 1

British Dictionary definitions for spat (3 of 7)

spat

3
/ (spæt) /

noun

another name for gaiter (def. 2)

Word Origin for spat

C19: short for spatterdash

British Dictionary definitions for spat (4 of 7)

spat

4
/ (spæt) /

noun

a larval oyster or similar bivalve mollusc, esp when it settles to the sea bottom and starts to develop a shell
such oysters or other molluscs collectively

Word Origin for spat

C17: from Anglo-Norman spat; perhaps related to spit 1

British Dictionary definitions for spat (5 of 7)

spit

1
/ (spɪt) /

verb spits, spitting, spat or spit

noun

Derived Formsspitter, noun

Word Origin for spit

Old English spittan; related to spǣtan to spit, German dialect spitzen

British Dictionary definitions for spat (6 of 7)

spit

2
/ (spɪt) /

noun

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

verb spits, spitting or spitted

(tr) to impale on or transfix with or as if with a spit

Word Origin for spit

Old English spitu; related to Old High German spiz spit, Norwegian spit tip

British Dictionary definitions for spat (7 of 7)

spit

3
/ (spɪt) /

noun

the depth of earth cut by a spade; a spade's depth

Word Origin for spit

C16: from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German spit
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