Spat definition

spăt
A brief quarrel.
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A spat is defined as a silly fight or petty quarrel.

A fight over who is taller is an example of a silly spat.

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The definition of spat is to fight over something petty or silly, or is the past tense of spit.

When you fight with your sister over who got more ice cream, this is an example of when you spat with your sister.

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A spattering sound, as of raindrops.
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(informal) To engage in a spat, or quarrel.
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(rare) To slap.
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A gaiterlike covering for the instep and ankle, usually of heavy cloth.
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Simple past tense and past participle of spit.

There was no sink in the room so we spat out the window.

If I had known you had a spittoon in the corner I would never have spat on the floor.

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The spawn of shellfish, especially oysters and similar molluscs.
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(intransitive) To spawn. Used of shellfish as above.
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A covering or decorative covering worn over a shoe.
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(automotive) (UK, Australia) A piece of bodywork that covers the upper portions of the rear tyres of a car.
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A brief argument, falling out, quarrel.
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A light blow with something flat.
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(intransitive) To strike with a spattering sound.
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(US, dialect) To slap, as with the open hand; to clap together, as the hands.
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An obsolete unit of distance in astronomy (symbol S), equal to one billion kilometres.
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(informal) A slap or smack.
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To engage in a brief quarrel.
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A larva of an oyster or similar bivalve that has settled by attaching to a surface.
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A cloth or leather gaiter covering the shoe upper and the ankle and fastening under the shoe with a strap.

The waiter wore spats as part of his uniform.

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To strike with a light spattering sound; slap.
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To slap.
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(rare) A slap.
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A quick, slapping sound.
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(informal) A brief, petty quarrel or dispute.
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(rare) To slap.
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To strike with a quick, slapping sound.
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A young oyster or young oysters collectively.
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Origin of spat

  • Short for spatterdash spatter dash

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortening of spatterdash, from spatter + dash. 1779.

    From Wiktionary

  • Of uncertain origin; perhaps related to spit.

    From Wiktionary

  • 1804. American English, unknown origin.

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  • Latin spatium (“space")

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  • Old English spittan, spætan

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  • Attested from 1823.

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