spat

1
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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.

Nearby words

  1. spastic gait,
  2. spastic hemiplegia,
  3. spastic ileus,
  4. spastic paralysis,
  5. spasticity,
  6. spatchcock,
  7. spate,
  8. spathaceous,
  9. spathe,
  10. spathic

Origin of spat

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

spat

2
[spat]

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of spit1.

spat

3
[spat]

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

spat

4
[spat]

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

spit

1
[spit]

verb (used without object), spit or spat, spit·ting.

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.

verb (used with object), spit or spat, spit·ting.

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.

noun

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.

Verb Phrases

spit up, to vomit; throw up: The wounded soldier spat up blood. If you jostle the baby, she'll spit up.

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

spit

2
[spit]

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

spat

1

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

verb

a past tense and past participle of spit 1

noun

another name for gaiter (def. 2)

Word Origin for spat

C19: short for spatterdash

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

spit

1

verb spits, spitting, spat or spit

(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

noun

another name for spittle
a light or brief fall of rain, snow, etc
the act or an instance of spitting
informal, mainly British another word for spitting image
Derived Formsspitter, noun

Word Origin for spit

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

spit

2

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

spit

3

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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