spitting image

noun

plural spitting images
: someone or something that looks very much like someone or something else
Father then and son later are spitting images of each other.Norris McDonald
usually singular
Naimah was brown-skinned, slender, and neighbors said she was the spitting image of her mother.Debbie Chocolate
… a lovely … Oscar de la Renta dress, which was the spitting image of a similar one the late royal had worn previously.Megan C. Hill

Examples of spitting image in a Sentence

with the help of either movie magic or makeup, the actress appeared to be the spitting image of the queen
Recent Examples on the Web With his towering frame, dark hair, and strong jawline, the 31-year-old is the spitting image of his uncle John F. Kennedy Jr. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 10 July 2024 The lawyer is the spitting image of Mocha Joe, Larry’s arch-nemesis from seasons seven and ten. Sarah Nechamkin, Vulture, 12 Feb. 2024 For years, fans marveled at just how much Shiloh was a spitting image of Angelina. Sara Vallone, Miami Herald, 31 May 2024 The 43-year-old reality star’s throwback video proves not only that she’s always been ahead of the trends, but that her oldest daughter, North West, is the spitting image of her. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for spitting image 

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Word History

Etymology

alteration of spit and image

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spitting image was in 1881

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“Spitting image.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spitting%20image. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

spitting image

noun
: perfect likeness
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