spatting

spat

1 [spat]
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, Americanism; perhaps imitative


1. tiff, scrap, set-to.
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spat

2 [spat]
verb
a simple past tense and past participle of spit1.
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spat1 (spæt)
 
n
1.  rare a slap or smack
2.  a slight quarrel
 
vb , spats, spatting, spatted
3.  rare to slap (someone)
4.  (US), (Canadian), (NZ) (intr) to have a slight quarrel
 
[C19: probably imitative of the sound of quarrelling]

spat2 (spæt)
 
vb
a past tense and past participle of spit

spat3 (spæt)
 
n
another name for gaiter
 
[C19: short for spatterdash]

spat4 (spæt)
 
n
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
 
[C17: from Anglo-Norman spat; perhaps related to spit1]

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

spat
"short gaiter covering the ankle," 1779, shortening of spatterdash "long gaiter to keep trousers or stockings from being spattered with mud" (1687), from spatter and dash (v.).
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