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spit

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[spit]
verb (used without object), spit or spat, spit·ting.
  1. to eject saliva from the mouth; expectorate.
  2. to express hatred, contempt, etc., by or as if by ejecting saliva from the mouth.
  3. to sputter: grease spitting on the fire.
  4. to fall in scattered drops or flakes, as rain or snow.
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verb (used with object), spit or spat, spit·ting.
  1. to eject from the mouth: The children were spitting watermelon seeds over the fence.
  2. to throw out or emit like saliva: The kettle spits boiling water over the stove.
  3. to set a flame to.
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noun
  1. saliva, especially when ejected.
  2. the act of spitting.
  3. Entomology. Also called spittle. the frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs.
  4. a light fall of rain or snow.
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Verb Phrases
  1. spit up, to vomit; throw up: The wounded soldier spat up blood. If you jostle the baby, she'll spit up.
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Idioms
  1. 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.
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Origin of spit

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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

spit

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[spit]
noun
  1. a pointed rod or bar for thrusting through and holding meat that is to be cooked before or over a fire.
  2. any of various rods, pins, or the like used for particular purposes.
  3. a narrow point of land projecting into the water.
  4. a long, narrow shoal extending from the shore.
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verb (used with object), spit·ted, spit·ting.
  1. to pierce, stab, or transfix, as with a spit; impale on something sharp.
  2. to thrust a spit into or through.
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Origin of spit

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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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Related Words for spitted

sputter, spew, drool, hiss, water, discharge, slaver, dribble, sputum, spittle, hawk, sibilate, spatter, expectorate, splutter, slobber, spritz

Examples from the Web for spitted

Historical Examples of spitted

  • Jack could have spitted anybody for coming to disturb him at such a criticality.

    The Ned M'Keown Stories

    William Carleton

  • I spitted a packet of cigarettes on my bayonet and handed it up to him.

  • They must keep at least two miles out, or theyll get spitted on the rocks.

  • "It is nothing for a polyp only to be spitted," says Trembley.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • Then the heads were cut off and spitted on poles; and so the feast ended.


British Dictionary definitions for spitted

spit

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verb spits, spitting, spat or spit
  1. (intr) to expel saliva from the mouth; expectorate
  2. (intr) informal to show disdain or hatred by spitting
  3. (of a fire, hot fat, etc) to eject (fragments of coal, sparks, etc) violently and with an explosive sound; splutter
  4. (intr) to rain very lightly
  5. (tr often foll by out) to eject or discharge (something) from the mouthhe spat the food out; to spit blood
  6. (tr often foll by out) to utter (short sharp words or syllables), esp in a violent manner
  7. spit chips Australian slang to be very angryAlso (NZ): spit tacks
  8. spit it out! British informal a command given to someone that he should speak forthwith
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noun
  1. another name for spittle
  2. a light or brief fall of rain, snow, etc
  3. the act or an instance of spitting
  4. informal, mainly British another word for spitting image
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Derived Formsspitter, noun

Word Origin for spit

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

spit

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noun
  1. a pointed rod on which meat is skewered and roasted before or over an open fire
  2. Also called: rotisserie, rotating spit a similar device rotated by electricity or clockwork, fitted onto a cooker
  3. an elongated often hooked strip of sand or shingle projecting from the shore, deposited by longshore drift, and usually above water
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verb spits, spitting or spitted
  1. (tr) to impale on or transfix with or as if with a spit
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Word Origin for spit

Old English spitu; related to Old High German spiz spit, Norwegian spit tip

spit

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noun
  1. the depth of earth cut by a spade; a spade's depth
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Word Origin for spit

C16: from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German spit
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Word Origin and History for spitted

spit

v.

"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.

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spit

n.2

"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.

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spit

n.1

"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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