, -·rat·ed, -·rat·ing
- to cough up and spit out (phlegm, mucus, etc.)
- to spit
Origin of expectorate; from Classical Latin expectoratus, past participle of expectorare, to expel from the breast ; from ex-, out + pectus (gen. pectoris), breast
verbex·pec·to·rat·ed, ex·pec·to·rat·ing, ex·pec·to·rates
- To eject from the mouth; spit.
- To cough up and eject by spitting.
- To spit.
- To clear out the chest and lungs by coughing up and spitting out matter.
Origin of expectorateLatin expectorare, expectorat-, to drive from the chest : ex-, ex- + pectus, pector-, chest.
(third-person singular simple present expectorates, present participle expectorating, simple past and past participle expectorated)