- The definition of a spate is an unexpected rush or outpowering.
An example of a spate is an overflowing of angry words.
- Spate is a British term for a heavy rainstorm that results in flash floods.
An example of a spate is five feet of water in downtown London.
- Chiefly Brit.
- a flash flood
- a sudden, heavy rain
- an unusually large outpouring, as of words
- a great number or quantity: a spate of forest fires
Origin of spateMiddle English (northern dialect, dialectal ) from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A sudden flood, rush, or outpouring: “It issues a spate of words from the loudspeakers and the politicians” ( Virginia Woolf )
- Chiefly British a. A flash flood.b. A freshet resulting from a downpour of rain or melting of snow.c. A sudden heavy fall of rain.
Origin of spateMiddle English of unknown origin
Of Celtic origin; compare Irish speid.