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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Idioms about spit

    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

First recorded before 950; Middle English verb spitten, spit(te), Old English spyttan, spittan; cognate with Old Norse spýta, German (dialect) spitzen “to spit”; the noun is derivative of the verb


spitlike, adjective

Other definitions for spit (2 of 2)

[ spit ]
/ spɪt /

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

First recorded before 1000; Middle English spit(e), spitte, Old English spitu; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German spit, spet, Old High German spiz “spit”; akin to Old Norse spīta “wooden peg, spit”
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How to use spit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for spit (1 of 3)

/ (spɪt) /

verb spits, spitting, spat or spit

Derived forms of spit

spitter, noun

Word Origin for spit

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

British Dictionary definitions for spit (2 of 3)

/ (spɪt) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for spit (3 of 3)

/ (spɪt) /

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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