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[spit-l] /ˈspɪt l/
saliva; spit.
Entomology. the frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs.
Origin of spittle
1470-80; blend of Middle English spit (noun) (see spit1) and spetil, Old English spǣtl, variant of spātl saliva Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for spittle
  • The problem is spittle, which has recently been flying in all directions.
  • Back that ill-informed truck up and let me kick this post into high spittle.
  • Oh, the snark that flew and more than one screen had to have the spittle and venom removed.
  • There's another warping convulsion, and spittle sails from his mouth.
  • So the real test will be how the particle physics community responds, whether with spittle-flecked ire or reasoned argument.
  • They hung up the curtains in the bed-chamber, and fastened them with adder spittle.
  • For those of us not within immediate range of the flying spittle, umpire-baiting can be as mesmerizing as it is repugnant.
  • Where the straits are perilous, more hungry spittle.
  • They're spittle-flecked orcs, incapable of opening their minds, quick to condemn and fume and engage in conspiracy-mongering.
  • Also a mud of spittle and dust was used on occasions of this sort.
British Dictionary definitions for spittle


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
Old English spǣtl saliva; see spit1
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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spittle in Medicine

spittle spit·tle (spĭt'l)
Spit; saliva.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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