Spat - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spæt|  American pronunciation of the word spat
Brit.  |spæt|  British pronunciation of the word spat
- this word is a past tense form of the verbto spit
- this word is a past participle form of the verbto spit

noun

- a quarrel about petty points (syn: bicker, bickering, fuss, pettifoggery, squabble, tiff)
- a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles (syn: gaiter)
- a young oyster or other bivalve

verb

- come down like raindrops
- become permanently attached
- strike with a sound like that of falling rain
- clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval (syn: acclaim, applaud, clap)
- engage in a brief and petty quarrel
- spawn
- clap one's hands together (syn: clap)

Examples

...we tend to spat over money more than anything else...

He spat out a stone.

She spat in his face.

The printer came to life and spat out a sheet of paper.

He spat into a bronze spittoon.

They had spat at him, sworn at him.

The dying man spat out a curse upon his murderer.

The fire crackled and spat sparks.

Nick rolled down his window and spat.

A group of fans spat on the players as they left the field.

Billy stood up slowly, rubbed his jaw, and spat blood.

Diana tasted her martini and quickly spat it out.

'Shut up,' spat Maria furiously.

Word forms

noun
singular: spat
plural: spats
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