- Spit is saliva, or the act of ejecting saliva, or a thin, pointed rod or bar for roasting meat directly over a fire.
- An example of spit is the foam like liquid that forms in the mouth.
- An example of a spit is a rod for roasting pork over an open flame.
- Spit is defined as to eject from the mouth, to briefly rain or snow, or to put meat on a thin, pointed rod/bar for cooking.
- An example of spit is to eject gum from the mouth.
- An example of spit is when it briefly snows.
- An example of spit is to skewer a shrimp with a thin rod for cooking over an open flame.
- a thin, pointed rod or bar on which meat is impaled for broiling or roasting over a fire or before other direct heat
- a narrow point of land, or a narrow reef or shoal, extending into a body of water
Origin of spitMiddle English spite from Old English spitu, akin to Old High German spizzi, sharp: for Indo-European base see spike
transitive verbspit′ted, spit′ting
transitive verbor spat, spit′ting
- to eject from within the mouth
- to eject, throw (out), emit, or utter explosively: to spit out an oath
- to light (a fuse)
Origin of spitMiddle English spitten from Old English spittan, akin to Danish spytte: for Indo-European base see spew
- to eject saliva from the mouth; expectorate
- to rain or snow lightly or briefly
- to make an explosive hissing noise, as an angry cat
- to express contempt or hatred by or as if by spitting saliva (on or at)
- to sputter, as frying fat
- the act of spitting
- saliva; spittle
- something like saliva, as the frothy secretion of certain insects
- a light, brief shower of rain or fall of snow
Origin of spit< earlier phr., as like (someone) as if spit out of (his) mouthInformal a perfect likeness or exact image, as of a person: with the
- Saliva, especially when expectorated; spittle.
- The act of expectorating.
- Something, such as the frothy secretion of spittle bugs, that resembles spit.
- A brief, scattered rainfall or snowfall.
- Informal The perfect likeness: He's the spit and image of his father.
verbspat, or spit spit·ting, spits
- To eject from the mouth: spat out the grape seeds.
- To eject as if from the mouth: a fire spitting sparks.
- To emit suddenly and forcefully: spat out an insult.
- To eject matter from the mouth; expectorate.
- To express contempt or animosity, especially by ejecting matter from the mouth.
- To make a hissing or sputtering noise: french fries spitting in the pan.
- To rain or snow in light, scattered drops or flakes.
Origin of spitMiddle English from spitten to spit from Old English spittan ultimately of imitative origin
- A slender, pointed rod on which meat is impaled for roasting.
- A narrow point of land extending into a body of water.
transitive verbspit·ted, spit·ting, spits
Origin of spitMiddle English from Old English spitu
(third-person singular simple present spits, present participle spitting, simple past and past participle spitted)
From Old English spitu, from Proto-Germanic *spituz.
(third-person singular simple present spits, present participle spitting, simple past and past participle spat or spit (US))
- Spit as the past form is common only in the US, while spat is common everywhere.
(countable and uncountable, plural spits)