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spat

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[ 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.

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Origin of spat

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

Definition for spat (2 of 4)

spat2
[ spat ]
/ spæt /

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of spit1.

Definition for spat (3 of 4)

spat3
[ 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 4)

spat4
[ spat ]
/ spæt /

noun Zoology.

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

Origin of spat

4
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for spat (1 of 4)

spat1
/ (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 4)

spat2
/ (spæt) /

verb

a past tense and past participle of spit 1

British Dictionary definitions for spat (3 of 4)

spat3
/ (spæt) /

noun

another name for gaiter (def. 2)

Word Origin for spat

C19: short for spatterdash

British Dictionary definitions for spat (4 of 4)

spat4
/ (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
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