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Meaning of “spit” in the English Dictionary

"spit" in British English

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spitverb

uk   us   /spɪt/ (present participle spitting, past tense and past participle spat)
  • spit verb (FORCE OUT)

C2 [I or T] to ​force out the ​contents of the ​mouth, ​especially saliva: Bob Ewell spat ​contemptuouslyright in the lawyer's ​face. He spat the ​meat out in ​disgust. They ​boughtwatermelons and ​ate them as they ​walked, spitting out the ​seeds. [I or T] literary to say or ​shout words ​quickly and ​angrily: [+ speech] "Get out!" she spat, when Ace ​appeared in the ​doorway. [I] If something ​hot, such as a ​fire, spits, it ​producesshort, ​sharpnoises and ​throws out little ​pieces.

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  • spit verb (RAIN)

[I] informal to ​rain very ​slightly: If it's only spitting (with ​rain), ​perhaps we don't need ​waterproofs.

spitnoun

uk   us   /spɪt/
  • spit noun (LAND)

[C] a ​long, ​thin, ​flatbeach that goes out into the ​sea
  • spit noun (FROM MOUTH)

[U] (formal spittle , Australian informal slag) informal saliva, ​especially when it is ​outside the ​mouth: She used a little spit on a ​tissue to ​wipe the ​mirrorclean.
(Definition of spit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spit" in American English

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spitverb [I/T]

 us   /spɪt/ (present participle spitting, past tense and past participle spat  /spæt/ or spit)
  • spit verb [I/T] (FORCE OUT)

to ​force out ​liquid in the ​mouth, esp. ​saliva (= ​liquidproduced in the ​mouth): [I] He spat on the ​ground and ​staredstraightahead. [M] fig. He ​angrily spat an ​insult out (= said it ​quickly).
Phrasal verbs

spitnoun

 us   /spɪt/
  • spit noun (ROD)

[C] a ​long, ​thinrod put through ​meat to ​hold it while it ​cooks over a ​fire
  • spit noun (LAND)

[C] a ​long, ​thinpoint of ​land that ​sticks out into ​water: Our ​hotel was ​perched on a spit of ​land in the ​harbor.
  • spit noun (LIQUID FROM MOUTH)

[U] infml saliva (= ​liquidproduced in the ​mouth): Spit ​dribbled down his ​chin.
(Definition of spit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “spit”
in Korean 뱉다…
in Arabic يَبْصُق…
in Malaysian air liur…
in French salive…
in Russian плевать(ся)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 用力弄出, 唾,吐(尤指唾液), 怒斥,厲聲說出…
in Italian sputare…
in Turkish tükürmek…
in Polish pluć…
in Spanish saliva…
in Vietnamese nước bọt, nước dãi…
in Portuguese cuspir…
in Thai น้ำลาย…
in German die Spucke…
in Catalan escopir…
in Japanese つばを吐く, ペッと吐き出す…
in Chinese (Simplified) 用力弄出, 唾,吐(尤指唾液), 怒斥,厉声说出…
in Indonesian ludah…
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