from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- v. A past tense and a past participle of spit1.
- n. An oyster or similar bivalve mollusk in the larval stage, especially when it settles to the bottom and begins to develop a shell.
- n. The spawn of an oyster or a similar mollusk.
- intransitive v. To spawn. Used of oysters and similar mollusks.
- n. A cloth or leather gaiter covering the shoe upper and the ankle and fastening under the shoe with a strap. Often used in the plural.
- n. A brief quarrel.
- n. Informal A slap or smack.
- n. A spattering sound, as of raindrops.
- intransitive v. To engage in a brief quarrel.
- intransitive v. To strike with a light spattering sound; slap.
- transitive v. Informal To slap.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of spit.
- n. The spawn of shellfish, especially oysters and similar molluscs.
- v. To spawn. Used of shellfish as above.
- n. A covering or decorative covering worn over a shoe.
- n. (UK, Australia) A piece of bodywork that covers the upper portions of the rear tyres of a car.
- n. a brief argument, fall out, quarrel
- v. to quarrel or argue briefly
- v. To strike with a spattering sound.
- v. To slap, as with the open hand; to clap together, as the hands.
- n. An obsolete unit of distance in astronomy (symbol S), equal to one billion kilometres.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. of spit.
- n. A young oyster or other bivalve mollusk, both before and after it first becomes adherent, or such young, collectively.
- v. To emit spawn; to emit, as spawn.
- n. A light blow with something flat.
- n. Hence, a petty combat, esp. a verbal one; a little quarrel, dispute, or dissension.
- intransitive v. To dispute.
- transitive v. To slap, as with the open hand; to clap together; as the hands.
- n. A legging; a gaiter.
- n. A kind of short cloth or leather gaiter worn over the upper part of the shoe and fastened beneath the instep; -- chiefly in pl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spot; stain; place.
- To spatter; defile.
- n. The spawn of shell-fish; specifically, the spawn of the oyster; also, a young oyster, or young oysters collectively, up to about the time of their becoming set, or fixed to some support. See
- To spawn, as an oyster; shed spat.
- To shed or emit (spawn), as an oyster.
- n. A light blow or slap.
- n. A large drop; a spatter: as, two or three spats of rain fell.
- n. A petty contest; a little quarrel or dissension.
- To give a light blow to, especially with the flat of the hand; strike lightly; slap: as, to spat dough; to spat one's hands together.
- To engage in a trivial quarrel or dispute; have a petty contest.
- A preterit of spit.
- n. A gaiter or legging.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become permanently attached
- v. clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
- n. a young oyster or other bivalve
- v. come down like raindrops
- v. spawn
- v. engage in a brief and petty quarrel
- n. a quarrel about petty points
- v. strike with a sound like that of falling rain
- v. clap one's hands together
- n. a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles
Short for spatterdash : spatter + dash1.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English spittan, spætan (Wiktionary)
Of uncertain origin; perhaps related to spit. (Wiktionary)
Shortening of spatterdash, from spatter + dash. 1779. (Wiktionary)
1804. American English, unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
Attested from 1823. (Wiktionary)
Latin spatium ("space") (Wiktionary)