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spat1

[spat] /spæt/
noun
1.
a petty quarrel.
2.
a light blow; slap; smack.
verb (used without object), spatted, spatting.
3.
to engage in a petty quarrel or dispute.
4.
to splash or spatter; rain spatting against the window.
verb (used with object), spatted, spatting.
5.
to strike lightly; slap.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805, Americanism; perhaps imitative
Synonyms
1. tiff, scrap, set-to.

spat2

[spat] /spæt/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of spit1 .

spat3

[spat] /spæt/
noun
1.
a short gaiter worn over the instep and usually fastened under the foot with a strap, worn especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Origin
1795-1805; short for spatterdash

spat4

[spat] /spæt/
noun
1.
the spawn of an oyster or similar shellfish.
2.
young oysters collectively.
3.
a young oyster.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English; origin uncertain

spit1

[spit] /spɪt/
verb (used without object), spit or spat, spitting.
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.
verb (used with object), spit or spat, spitting.
5.
to eject from the mouth:
The children were spitting watermelon seeds over the fence.
6.
to throw out or emit like saliva:
The kettle spits boiling water over the stove.
7.
to set a flame to.
noun
8.
saliva, especially when ejected.
9.
the act of spitting.
10.
Entomology. Also called spittle. the frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs.
11.
a light fall of rain or snow.
Verb phrases
12.
spit up, to vomit; throw up:
The wounded soldier spat up blood. If you jostle the baby, she'll spit up.
Idioms
13.
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
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 forms
spitlike, adjective
Synonyms
3. spatter.

spit2

[spit] /spɪt/
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.
verb (used with object), spitted, spitting.
5.
to pierce, stab, or transfix, as with a spit; impale on something sharp.
6.
to thrust a spit into or through.
Origin
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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  • But this process has been stymied by an ugly spat over the procedure for raising aid.
  • Most likely, the licensing spat will be resolved at some point because each party needs the other.
  • As they walked past, they spat on the incandescent figure.
  • The spat throughout the thread is hardly surprising.
  • The differences were bridgeable, but a public spat ensued.
  • With that spat out of the way, let's move on to more substantive issues.
  • It may be time to put the spat about craft vs art to bed.
  • Although the would-be lovers often spat and eventually break up, they can never be entirely free of each other.
  • Two giddy lovers prance in a tight clinch, separating to spat then clinching again.
  • He cursed, brayed and spat at them until they covered his face with a surgical mask.
British Dictionary definitions for spat

spat1

/spæt/
noun
1.
(rare) a slap or smack
2.
a slight quarrel
verb spats, spatting, spatted
3.
(rare) to slap (someone)
4.
(intransitive) (US & Canadian, NZ) to have a slight quarrel
Word Origin
C19: probably imitative of the sound of quarrelling

spat2

/spæt/
verb
1.
a past tense and past participle of spit1

spat3

/spæt/
noun
1.
another name for gaiter (sense 2)
Word Origin
C19: short for spatterdash

spat4

/spæt/
noun
1.
a larval oyster or similar bivalve mollusc, esp when it settles to the sea bottom and starts to develop a shell
2.
such oysters or other molluscs collectively
Word Origin
C17: from Anglo-Norman spat; perhaps related to spit1

spit1

/spɪt/
verb spits, spitting, spat, spit
1.
(intransitive) to expel saliva from the mouth; expectorate
2.
(intransitive) (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.
(intransitive) to rain very lightly
5.
(transitive) often foll by out. to eject or discharge (something) from the mouth: he spat the food out, to spit blood
6.
(transitive) often foll by out. to utter (short sharp words or syllables), esp in a violent manner
7.
(Austral, slang) spit chips, to be very angry Also (NZ) spit tacks
8.
(Brit, informal) spit it out!, a command given to someone that he should speak forthwith
noun
9.
another name for spittle
10.
a light or brief fall of rain, snow, etc
11.
the act or an instance of spitting
12.
(informal, mainly Brit) another word for spitting image
Derived Forms
spitter, noun
Word Origin
Old English spittan; related to spǣtan to spit, German dialect spitzen

spit2

/spɪt/
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
verb spits, spitting, spitted
4.
(transitive) to impale on or transfix with or as if with a spit
Word Origin
Old English spitu; related to Old High German spiz spit, Norwegian spit tip

spit3

/spɪt/
noun
1.
the depth of earth cut by a spade; a spade's depth
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German spit
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Word Origin and History for spat
n.

"petty quarrel," 1804, American English, of unknown origin; perhaps somehow imitative (cf. spat "smack, slap," attested from 1823).

"short gaiter covering the ankle," 1779, shortening of spatterdash "long gaiter to keep trousers or stockings from being spattered with mud" (1680s), from spatter and dash (v.).

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.

n.

"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.

"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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Slang definitions & phrases for spat

spin off

noun

: This store is a spin-off from the big one downtown

verb phrase
  1. To produce as an entity separated from the whole: The conglomerate spun off five new companies
  2. To dispose of; rid oneself of; ditch: Why didn't he spin off this stupid cunt? (1959+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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