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

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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 more intense the moment, the more the spittle would fly. cleveland, "Can health concerns take spitting out of baseball? — Crowquill," 19 Apr. 2020 Just like smearing pine tar or spittle all over a baseball,... Joe Queenan, WSJ, "There Must Be Better Ways to Cheat at Baseball," 27 Feb. 2020 Wipe off the spittle that covers your laptop screen, or ignore the paint the students wear that rubs off on your clothes and absorb the occasional elbow to the melon. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame basketball: When an arena is the office, here are the best work spaces," 31 Mar. 2020 The government has suggested that elevators never be more than 50% full, for example, and that co-workers not eat facing each other, presumably because of the risk from any airborne spittle of an infected person. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Beijing’s city government issued 10 anti-coronavirus rules for workplaces," 27 Feb. 2020 Smith is a lifelong poet both on the stage — gray hair whipping, spittle flying, spouting decades of rock wisdom — and in moments of private contemplation on the page. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Patti Smith’s new autobiographical tome is set in 2016," 24 Sep. 2019 While riding in the patrol car, McDonald spit through a small opening in a divider between the front and the back of the car, misting the officer’s arm with spittle, according to a probable cause affidavit. oregonlive, "Man convicted of spitting on Portland cops in 4 separate cases gets more than year in prison," 21 Nov. 2019 While waiting for an ambulance, McNeil spit again and the spittle landed on a deputy’s face and arm. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review board investigation concludes deputy violated policy in Earl McNeil death," 4 Oct. 2019 But in the spittle-flecked condemnations, there is hardly a hint of gratitude for this world America created in the first place, a world that has enabled Europe especially to grow prosperous and peaceful. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "As Europe Condemns Trump, Asia Takes a More Realistic View," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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4 May 2020

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“Spittle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spittle. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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: the liquid produced in your mouth : saliva or spit


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