to engage in a petty quarrel or dispute.
to splash or spatter; rain spatting against the window.
to strike lightly; slap.
Other definitions for spat (2 of 4)
a simple past tense and past participle of spit1.
Other definitions for spat (3 of 4)
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.
Other definitions for spat (4 of 4)
the spawn of an oyster or similar shellfish.
young oysters collectively, especially seed oysters.
a young oyster.
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How to use spat in a sentence
Its platform was revolving rapidly and the rifles of its crew were spatting viciously.The Boy Chums in the Florida Jungle | Wilmer M. Ely
He put them down on the kitchen table and looked around, spatting his hands together briskly to rid them of dust.Half Portions | Edna Ferber
But the first rain drops were spatting among the leaves and Scout Master Newton raised his hand.The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters | Charles Henry Lerrigo
These impersonalities were as near "spatting" as Mr. and Mrs. Hodges ever got.The Uncalled | Paul Laurence Dunbar
Above the roar of wheels sounded spatting reports of rifles.The U.P. Trail | Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for spat (1 of 4)
rare a slap or smack
a slight quarrel
rare to slap (someone)
(intr) US, Canadian and NZ to have a slight quarrel
British Dictionary definitions for spat (2 of 4)
a past tense and past participle of spit 1
British Dictionary definitions for spat (3 of 4)
another name for gaiter (def. 2)
British Dictionary definitions for spat (4 of 4)
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
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