spit and image, Informal. exact likeness; counterpart: Hunched over his desk, pen in hand, he was the spit and image of his father at work.Also spitting image, spit 'n' image.

Origin of spit

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

Synonyms for spit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for spit up



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


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




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




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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Word Origin and History for spit up



"expel saliva," Old English spittan (Anglian), spætan (West Saxon), from PIE *sp(y)eu-, of imitative origin (see spew). Not the usual Old English word for this; spætlan (see spittle) and spiwan (see spew) are more common. Meaning "to eject saliva (at someone or something) as a gesture of contempt" is in Old English.



"sharp-pointed rod on which meat is roasted," Old English spitu, from Proto-Germanic *spituz (cf. Middle Dutch spit, Swedish spett, Old High German spiz, German Spieß "spit," German spitz "pointed"), from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)). This is also the source of the word meaning "sandy point" (1670s). Old French espois, Spanish espeto "spit" are Germanic loan-words. The verb meaning "to put on a spit" is recorded from c.1200.



"saliva," c.1300, from spit (v.). Meaning "the very likeness" is attested from c.1600 (e.g. spitting image, attested from 1901); cf. French craché in same sense. Military phrase spit and polish first recorded 1895.

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Idioms and Phrases with spit up

spit up

Vomit, as in Infants often spit up part of their milk.

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