- saliva; spit.
- Entomology. the frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs.
Origin of spittle
Examples from the Web for spittle
The depth of rage, animus and violence that was directed at him—“Spittle flying, the N word flying”—continues to astound him.NPR’s Smooth-Talking Millennial Whisperer
October 7, 2014
His cheeks bright red, his chin wet with spittle, the helot would weave and stagger and totter until he passed out in the dirt.Persian Fire and Rubicon (Full)
September 23, 2012
Or again, a man ejects the spittle from his mouth as far as possible.The Memorabilia
He gathered the spittle in his mouth and spat full in Strickland's face.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
And again, in the air, before it could fall to the snow, the spittle crackled.Lost Face
The spittle referred to is the foam at the edge of the water.
One must put the hand on the middle of the breast and rub on spittle with the hand, they say.
- the fluid secreted in the mouth; saliva or spit
- Also called: cuckoo spit, frog spit the frothy substance secreted on plants by the larvae of certain froghoppers
Word Origin and History for spittle
late 15c., "saliva, spit," probably an alteration (by influence of spit (v.)) of Old English spætl, spatl, from Proto-Germanic *spætlan, which is related to Old English spætan "to spit."
- Spit; saliva.