spit

noun (1)
\ˈspit \

Definition of spit 

(Entry 1 of 4)

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

spit

verb (1)
spitted; spitting

Definition of spit (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

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

spit

verb (2)
spit or spat\ˈspat \; spitting

Definition of spit (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to eject (something) 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

1a(1) : to eject saliva as an expression of aversion or contempt

(2) : to exhibit contempt

b : to eject matter (such 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

spit

noun (2)

Definition of spit (Entry 4 of 4)

1a(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

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for spit

Noun (1)

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

Verb (2)

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

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More Definitions for spit

spit

verb
\ˈspit \
spit or spat\ˈspat \; spitting

Kids Definition of spit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

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

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

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 : to rain lightly or snow in flurries

spit up

: vomit entry 2 The baby spit up.

spit

noun

Kids Definition of spit (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : saliva

2 : a foamy material given off by some insects

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

spit

noun

Kids Definition of spit (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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

spit

verb
\ˈspit \
spit or spat\ˈspat \; spitting

Medical Definition of spit 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to eject (as saliva) from the mouth

intransitive verb

: to eject saliva from the mouth

spit

noun

Medical Definition of spit (Entry 2 of 2)

: saliva

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