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

Definition of spittle

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for spittle


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 But Miami leaders have imposed a midnight curfew — a real buzzkill for a scene that doesn’t even get started until the a.m. hours — and are restricting loud music so that people don’t have to shout and risk spreading the virus through their spittle. Kelli Kennedy, orlandosentinel.com, "Glamorous Miami club caught in power struggle over coronavirus," 19 Oct. 2020 His eyes are glistening beads under bushy eyebrows, spittle dribbles down his scraggly beard, liver spots decorate his weathered face. Carvell Wallace, New York Times, "‘The Good Lord Bird’ Is Good TV. But Mix Art and Slavery at Your Peril.," 6 Oct. 2020 Even before the spittle was dry on the presidential lectern last night, political analysts were debating whether the next debates were worth having. Washington Post, "Think of the debate as a public park. The president was polluting it.," 30 Sep. 2020 Coughing, singing, talking, or even breathing sends spittle flying in a range of sizes. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Measure the risk of airborne COVID-19 in your office, classroom, or bus ride," 11 Aug. 2020 And microparticles of spittle should be whisked away at a pace that makes contracting a virus significantly less likely. Craig Mod, The Atlantic, "I Accidentally Pandemic-Prepped My House," 8 Sep. 2020 The deputies restraining her wore biohazard gear, plausibly sufficient protection from the dangers of spittle. Tasha Williams, The New Republic, "The American Horror of Hooding," 5 Sep. 2020 Read this sentence aloud: With every passing word, an expanding blast of spittle spews from your mouth—the more emphatic the speech, the greater the spray. National Geographic, "What 'airborne coronavirus' means, and how to protect yourself," 11 Aug. 2020 Some groups—including the WHO—draw a firm line with this spittle based on size. National Geographic, "What 'airborne coronavirus' means, and how to protect yourself," 11 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spittle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of spittle

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

History and Etymology for spittle

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about spittle

Time Traveler for spittle

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for spittle

Last Updated

25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spittle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spittle. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for spittle


How to pronounce spittle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of spittle

: the liquid produced in your mouth : saliva or spit


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

Kids Definition of spittle


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

Medical Definition of spittle

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on spittle

What made you want to look up spittle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!