spat

\ ˈspat How to pronounce spat (audio) \

Definition of spat

 (Entry 1 of 5)

past tense and past participle of spit

plural spat or spats

Definition of spat (Entry 2 of 5)

: a young bivalve (such as an oyster)

Definition of spat (Entry 3 of 5)

: a cloth or leather gaiter covering the instep and ankle

Definition of spat (Entry 4 of 5)

1 chiefly dialectal : slap entry 2
2 : a brief petty quarrel or angry outburst a lovers' spat
3 : a sound like that of rain falling in large drops

spat

verb
spatted; spatting

Definition of spat (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb

chiefly dialectal : slap

intransitive verb

1 : to quarrel pettily or briefly
2 : to strike with a sound like that of rain falling in large drops

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Examples of spat in a Sentence

Verb They were typical sisters, spatting one minute, playing together the next. we tend to spat over money more than anything else

First Known Use of spat

Noun (1)

1667, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1802, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1832, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spat

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

short for spatterdash legging

Noun (3)

origin unknown

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“Spat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spat. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for spat

spat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spat

somewhat old-fashioned : to argue or fight : to have a spat

spat

Kids Definition of spat

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past tense and past participle of spit

spat

noun
\ ˈspat How to pronounce spat (audio) \

Kids Definition of spat (Entry 2 of 3)

: a cloth or leather covering for the instep and ankle men once wore over shoes

spat

noun

Kids Definition of spat (Entry 3 of 3)

: a brief unimportant quarrel

spat

Medical Definition of spat

past and past part of spit

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