Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Saliva, especially when expectorated; spittle.
  • n. The act of expectorating.
  • n. Something, such as the frothy secretion of spittle bugs, that resembles spit.
  • n. A brief, scattered rainfall or snowfall.
  • n. Informal The perfect likeness: He's the spit and image of his father.
  • transitive v. To eject from the mouth: spat out the grape seeds.
  • transitive v. To eject as if from the mouth: a fire spitting sparks.
  • transitive v. To emit suddenly and forcefully: spat out an insult.
  • intransitive v. To eject matter from the mouth; expectorate.
  • intransitive v. To express contempt or animosity by or as if by ejecting matter from the mouth.
  • intransitive v. To make a hissing or sputtering noise.
  • intransitive v. To rain or snow in light, scattered drops or flakes.
  • spit up To vomit.
  • n. A slender, pointed rod on which meat is impaled for broiling.
  • n. A narrow point of land extending into a body of water.
  • transitive v. To impale on or as if on a spit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rod on which meat is grilled (UK English) or broiled (US English).
  • n. A narrow, pointed, usually sandy peninsula.
  • v. To impale on a spit.
  • v. To evacuate (saliva or another substance) from the mouth.
  • v. To utter violently.
  • v. To utter.
  • n. Saliva, especially when expectorated.
  • n. An instance of spitting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A long, slender, pointed rod, usually of iron, for holding meat while roasting.
  • n. A small point of land running into the sea, or a long, narrow shoal extending from the shore into the sea.
  • n. The depth to which a spade goes in digging; a spade; a spadeful.
  • n. The secretion formed by the glands of the mouth; spitle; saliva; sputum.
  • intransitive v. To attend to a spit; to use a spit.
  • intransitive v. To throw out saliva from the mouth.
  • intransitive v. To rain or snow slightly, or with sprinkles.
  • transitive v. To thrust a spit through; to fix upon a spit; hence, to thrust through or impale.
  • transitive v. To spade; to dig.
  • transitive v. To eject from the mouth; to throw out, as saliva or other matter, from the mouth.
  • transitive v. To eject; to throw out; to belch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To thrust a spit through; pierce, transfix, or impale with or as with a spit: as, to spit a loin of veal.
  • To string on a stick and hang up to dry, as herring in a smoke-house.
  • To roast anything on a spit; attend to a spit; use a spit.
  • To eject saliva from the mouth; expectorate.
  • To fall in scattered drops, as rain.
  • To make a noise as if spitting, like an angry cat.
  • To eject from the mouth; spew; especially, to eject as or with saliva: as, to spit blood.
  • To spade; plant by spading.
  • n. A slender bar, sharply pointed at the end, to be thrust through meat which is to be roasted in front of the fire.
  • n. A sword.
  • n. The obelisk or dagger () used as a reference-mark.
  • n. A small point of land running into the sea, or a long narrow shoal extending from the shore into the sea.
  • n. In weaving, the spindle or wire which holds the cop, spool, or pirn in the shuttle.
  • n. What is ejected from the mouth; saliva; spume.
  • n. The act of spitting: as, a cat gives an angry spit.
  • n. In entomology:
  • n. The spume of certain inseets; a frothy, fleecy, or waxy substance secreted by various homopterous bugs from specialized pores scattered over the general surface of the body.
  • n. An insect which produces such spume: as, the cuckoo-spit, Ptyelus spumarius. See spittle-insect.
  • n. A light fall of rain or snow; especially, rain or snow falling in light gusts or scattered drops or flakes.
  • n. Image; likeness.
  • n. A spade; hence, the depth of a spade in the earth; a spading or spadeful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. rain gently
  • n. a skewer for holding meat over a fire
  • n. a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches
  • v. expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth
  • v. utter with anger or contempt
  • n. a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea
  • n. the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)
  • v. drive a skewer through

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from spitten, to spit, from Old English spittan, ultimately of imitative origin.
Middle English, from Old English spitu.

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Old English spitu

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From Old English spittan, from Proto-Indo-European *spyēw, *spyū , of imitiative origin (see spew)

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