spit


1spit

noun \ˈspit\

Definition of SPIT

1
:  a slender pointed rod for holding meat over a fire
2
:  a small point of land especially of sand or gravel running into a body of water

Origin of SPIT

Middle English, from Old English spitu; akin to Old High German spiz spit, spizzi pointed
First Known Use: before 12th century

2spit

transitive verb
spit·tedspit·ting

Definition of SPIT

:  to fix on or as if on a spit :  impale

First Known Use of SPIT

13th century

3spit

verb
spit or spat \ˈspat\ spit·ting

Definition of SPIT

transitive verb
1
a :  to eject (as saliva) from the mouth :  expectorate
b (1) :  to express (unpleasant or malicious feelings) by or as if by spitting
(2) :  to utter with a spitting sound or scornful expression <spat out his words>
c :  to emit as if by spitting; especially :  to emit (precipitation) in driving particles or in flurries <spit rain>
2
:  to set to burning <spit a fuse>
intransitive verb
1
a (1) :  to eject saliva as an expression of aversion or contempt (2) :  to exhibit contempt
b :  to eject matter (as saliva) from the mouth :  expectorate
2
:  to rain or snow slightly or in flurries
3
:  to make a noise suggesting expectoration :  sputter
spit it out
:  to say what is in the mind without further delay

Origin of SPIT

Middle English spitten, from Old English spittan; akin to Middle High German spiutzen to spit
First Known Use: before 12th century

4spit

noun

Definition of SPIT

1
a (1) :  spittle, saliva (2) :  the act or an instance of spitting
b (1) :  a frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs
(2) :  spittlebug
2
:  perfect likeness
3
:  a sprinkle of rain or flurry of snow

First Known Use of SPIT

14th century

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