spit·​tle ˈspi-tᵊl How to pronounce spittle (audio)

Examples of spittle in a Sentence

Spittle sprayed from his lips as he shouted at them. unaware that spittle was leaking out of his mouth while he slept
Recent Examples on the Web The mayor nodded and smiled, but also flinched, as though struck by spittle. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2024 Filling the air with spittle as plentiful as the Allied bombs raining down along the English Channel. John Anderson, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2023 So your favorite scenes then had to be the ones that hurt — the ones that restored the show’s natural order, one in which the smiles and laughter of the Meal Fit for a King scene curdled like, well, a Meal Fit for a King spiked with Shiv’s spittle. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 May 2023 Seated in the front row, close enough to catch some of Miller’s sweat and spittle, was SEC commissioner Greg Sankey. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 11 Mar. 2023 The most depressing thing about all of this commentary is that despite all the operatic vitriol and the volume of hot spittle on display during these campy rants against those who are the sporting world’s upper echelon, none of these critics actually care. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 29 July 2021 Racers should plan, too, to carry a handkerchief and keep their mucus and spittle contained, says Bert Blocken, a professor of civil engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and KU Leuven in Belgium, who studies airflow, including during cycling and running events. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2020 Devid Striesow’s spittle-spewing portrayal of the general, augmented by lavish dinner spreads and opera on the phonograph, comes too close to comfort to Stroheim’s silent-film caricatures of the evil Hun. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2023 While no spittle can be seen coming out of Styles' mouth, both men's body language at the moment, combined with Styles' pursed lips, led many to believe the pop star intentionally spat at Pine. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 6 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Middle English spetil, from Old English spǣtl; akin to Old English spittan to spit

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of spittle was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Spittle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spittle. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


spit·​tle ˈspit-ᵊl How to pronounce spittle (audio)

Medical Definition


spit·​tle ˈspit-ᵊl How to pronounce spittle (audio)
: saliva

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