Simple Definition of spill
: to cause or allow (something) to fall, flow, or run over the edge of a container usually in an accidental way
: to fall or flow over the edge of a container
: to move or spread out into a wider place or area
Full Definition of spill
2 : to cause or allow especially accidentally or unintentionally to fall, flow, or run out so as to be lost or wasted
3a : to relieve (a sail) from the pressure of the wind so as to reef or furl itb : to relieve the pressure of (wind) on a sail by coming about or by adjusting the sail with lines
4 : to throw off or out <a horse spilled him>
5 : to let out : divulge <spill a secret>
1a : to flow, run, or fall out, over, or off and become wasted, scattered, or lost <water spilling over the dam>b : to cause or allow something to spill
2 : to spread profusely or beyond bounds <crowds spilled into the streets>
3 : to fall from one's place (as on a horse)
Examples of spill
I accidentally spilled coffee all over my new suit.
Clean up the flour you spilled on the floor.
a puddle of spilled water
Water spilled over the dam.
She opened the door and light spilled into the room.
an interviewer who gets celebrities to spill their secrets
Come on, spill it. Who gave you the money?
Origin of spill
Middle English, from Old English spillan; akin to Old English spildan to destroy and perhaps to Latin spolium animal skin, Greek sphallein to cause to fall
First Known Use: before 12th century
First Known Use of spill
Definition of spill
1 : a wooden splinter
2 : a small roll or twist of paper or slip of wood for lighting a fire
Origin of spill
Middle English spille; akin to Middle Low German spīle thin stick, peg
First Known Use: 14th century
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