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spit

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 and Etymology of spit

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


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spit

verb

Definition of spit

spitted; spitting
transitive verb
:to fix on or as if on a spit :impale

First Known Use of spit

13th century


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spit

verb

Definition of spit

spit or spat play \ˈspat\; spitting
transitive verb
1 a :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
1 a (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

Origin and Etymology of spit

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


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spit

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



SPIT Defined for Kids

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spit

verb \ ˈspit \

Definition of spit for Students

spit or spat \ˈspat\; spitting
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
:2vomit
  • The baby spit up.

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spit

noun

Definition of spit for Students

1 :saliva
2 :a foamy material given off by some insects
3 :perfect likeness
  • The child was the spit and image of the parent.

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spit

noun

Definition of spit for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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spit

verb \ ˈspit \

medical Definition of spit

spit or spat play \ˈspat\; spitting
transitive verb
:to eject (as saliva) from the mouth
intransitive verb
:to eject saliva from the mouth

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spit

noun

medical Definition of spit



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