from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To eject from the mouth; spit.
- transitive v. To cough up and eject by spitting.
- intransitive v. To spit.
- intransitive v. To clear out the chest and lungs by coughing up and spitting out matter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cough up fluid from the lungs.
- v. To spit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To eject from the trachea or lungs; to discharge, as phlegm or other matter, by coughing, hawking, and spitting; to spit forth.
- intransitive v. To discharge matter from the lungs or throat by hawking and spitting; to spit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To eject from the trachea or lungs; discharge, as phlegm or other matter, by coughing or hawking and spitting; spit out.
- To eject or reject as if by spitting; cast out or aside as useless or worthless.
- To eject matter from the lungs or throat by coughing or hawking and spitting; by euphemism, to spit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth
- v. clear out the chest and lungs
Latin expectorāre, expectorāt-, to drive from the chest : ex-, ex- + pectus, pector-, chest.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin expectoratus, past participle of expectorare ("only fig. banish from the mind, but literally (as in modern use) expel from the breast"), from ex ("out of") + pectus ("the breast"). (Wiktionary)