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spit

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noun \ˈspit\

Definition of spit

  1. 1 :  a slender pointed rod for holding meat over a fire

  2. 2 :  a small point of land especially of sand or gravel running into a body of water

Origin and Etymology of spit

Middle English, from Old English spitu; akin to Old High German spiz spit, spizzi pointed


First Known Use: before 12th century


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spit

verb

Definition of spit

spitted

;

spitting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to fix on or as if on a spit :  impale

13th Century

First Known Use of spit

13th century


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spit

verb

Definition of spit

spit

or

spat

play \ˈspat\;

spitting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to eject (as saliva) from the mouth :  expectorateb (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 wordsc :  to emit as if by spitting; especially :  to emit (precipitation) in driving particles or in flurries spit rain

  3. 2 :  to set to burning spit a fuse

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1a (1) :  to eject saliva as an expression of aversion or contempt (2) :  to exhibit contemptb :  to eject matter (as saliva) from the mouth :  expectorate

  6. 2 :  to rain or snow slightly or in flurries

  7. 3 :  to make a noise suggesting expectoration :  sputter

spit it out

  1. :  to say what is in the mind without further delay

Origin and Etymology of spit

Middle English spitten, from Old English spittan; akin to Middle High German spiutzen to spit


First Known Use: before 12th century


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spit

noun

Definition of spit

  1. 1a (1) :  spittle, saliva (2) :  the act or an instance of spittingb (1) :  a frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs (2) :  spittlebug

  2. 2 :  perfect likeness

  3. 3 :  a sprinkle of rain or flurry of snow

14th Century

First Known Use of spit

14th century



SPIT Defined for Kids

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spit

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verb \ˈspit\

Definition of spit for Students

spit

or

spat

\ˈspat\;

spitting

  1. 1 :  to force (saliva) from the mouth He spat on the ground.

  2. 2 :  to force (something) from the mouth Spit out your gum.

  3. 3 :  to express by or as if by spitting He was spitting an angry answer.

  4. 4 :  to give off usually briskly :  emit The fire is spitting sparks. Then the men were gone … in a vehicle that spit pebbles from its whirling tires. — Lois Lowry, The Giver

  5. 5 :  to rain lightly or snow in flurries

spit up

  1. :  2vomit The baby spit up.


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spit

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noun

Definition of spit for Students

  1. 1 :  saliva

  2. 2 :  a foamy material given off by some insects

  3. 3 :  perfect likeness The child was the spit and image of the parent.


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spit

play
noun

Definition of spit for Students

  1. 1 :  a thin pointed rod for holding meat over a fire

  2. 2 :  a small point of land that runs out into a body of water


Medical Dictionary

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spit

play
verb \ˈspit\

Medical Definition of spit

spit

or

spat

\ˈspat\play ;

spitting

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to eject (as saliva) from the mouth

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to eject saliva from the mouth


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spit

noun

Medical Definition of spit

  1. :  saliva



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