spit·​tle | \ˈspi-tᵊl \

Definition of spittle 

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Synonyms for spittle


drool, saliva, slaver, slobber, spit

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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

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The bullpen’s failure is more acute because the rotation is being held together with gauze and spittle. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs need to make a trade for a reliever, maybe two, maybe three, maybe . . .," 25 June 2018 When there is no one to scapegoat or to scream spittle at, then what? Sally Jenkins, chicagotribune.com, "The Eagles beat Donald Trump by doing what the NFL owners wouldn't: Ignore him," 6 June 2018 Say it three more times to make sure and then wipe the spittle from the screen. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Make This Risi e Bisi Just So You Can Say It Over and Over Again," 10 May 2018 Graphic images showed people, including children, apparently dead and injured -- some with some kind of spittle or foam in their mouths in makeshift medical centers. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Syria denies claims of deadly gas attack in eastern Ghouta," 7 Apr. 2018 There was hardly a dollop of spittle left to lick when they were done. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Now Paul Ryan Is Casually Throwing Around the Word 'Cleanse'," 30 Jan. 2018 The rain is relentless—like the final dying spittle of the natural world. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Blade Runner 2049 Is the Triumphant Sequel Fans Deserve," 29 Sep. 2017 Witness the traditional scrums between Coke and Pepsi, Cola -Wars with a twist of spittle on the side. George Diaz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Daniel Suárez done in by doughnuts in NASCAR sponsor wars," 5 Sep. 2017 Already a mere $99 and a dab of spittle will give consumers a good sense of their genetic risk factors from private genetic testing company 23andMe. Maryam Zaringhalam, Slate Magazine, "Thanks to Genetic Testing, Everyone Could Soon Have a Pre-Existing Condition," 18 May 2017

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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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of spittle

: the liquid produced in your mouth : saliva or spit


spit·​tle | \ˈspi-tᵊl \

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spit·​tle | \ˈspit-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of spittle 

: saliva

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