spill

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[ spil ]
/ spɪl /

verb (used with object), spilled or spilt, spill·ing.

verb (used without object), spilled or spilt, spill·ing.

(of a liquid, loose particles, etc.) to run or escape from a container, especially by accident or in careless handling.

noun

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Idioms for spill

    spill the beans. bean (def. 11).
    spill / toss one's cookies. cookie (def. 8).

Origin of spill

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before 950; 1920–25 for def. 6; Middle English spillen to kill, destroy, shed (blood), Old English spillan to kill; cognate with Middle High German, Middle Dutch spillen; akin to spoil

OTHER WORDS FROM spill

spill·a·ble, adjective, nounnon·spill·a·ble, adjectiveun·spilled, adjective

Definition for spill (2 of 2)

spill2
[ spil ]
/ spɪl /

noun

a splinter.
a slender piece of wood or of twisted paper, for lighting candles, lamps, etc.
a peg made of metal.
a small pin for stopping a cask; spile.
Mining. forepole.

Origin of spill

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1250–1300; Middle English spille< ?
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British Dictionary definitions for spill (1 of 2)

spill1
/ (spɪl) /

verb spills, spilling, spilt or spilled (mainly tr)

noun

Derived forms of spill

spiller, noun

Word Origin for spill

Old English spillan to destroy; related to spildan, Old High German spaltan to split; see spoil

British Dictionary definitions for spill (2 of 2)

spill2
/ (spɪl) /

noun

a splinter of wood or strip of twisted paper with which pipes, fires, etc, are lit
a small peg or rod made of metal

Word Origin for spill

C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German spilla, Middle Dutch spile stake
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Idioms and Phrases with spill

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