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

  • n. One that spits: a spitter of invective.
  • n. Baseball See spitball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who or animal or object that spits.
  • n. A spitball.
  • n. One who puts meat on a spit.
  • n. A young deer whose antlers are beginning to shoot or become sharp; a brocket, or pricket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who ejects saliva from the mouth.
  • n. One who puts meat on a spit.
  • n. A young deer whose antlers begin to shoot or become sharp; a brocket, or pricket.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who puts meat on a spit.
  • n. A young deer whose antlers are spitted; a brocket or pricket.
  • n. One who spits, or ejects saliva from the mouth.

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

  • n. a person who spits (ejects saliva or phlegm from the mouth)
  • n. an illegal pitch in which a foreign substance (spit or Vaseline) is applied to the ball by the pitcher before he throws it


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • Ruth was hitting a huge number of homeruns (20 on the road in 1919 in about 65 games) before the lively ball, before the ban on the spitter, before anything.

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