Meaning of “spit” in the English Dictionary

"spit" in British English

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spitverb

uk /spɪt/ 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 contemptuously right in the lawyer's face.
He spat the meat out in disgust.
They bought watermelons 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 produces short, sharp noises and throws out little pieces.

More examples

  • He spat out the gristle.
  • I told her off for spitting at her brother.
  • I tried to offer friendship and he spat in my face.
  • It's disgusting to spit in the street.
  • Spit the mouthwash into this bowl.

spitnoun

uk /spɪt/ us /spɪt/

(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/ spit

spit verb [ I/T ] (FORCE OUT)

to force out liquid in the mouth, esp. saliva (= liquid produced in the mouth):

[ I ] He spat on the ground and stared straight ahead.
[ M ] fig. He angrily spat an insult out (= said it quickly).

Idiom(s)

Phrasal verb(s)

spitnoun

us /spɪt/

spit noun (ROD)

[ C ] a long, thin rod put through meat to hold it while it cooks over a fire

spit noun (LAND)

[ C ] a long, thin point 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 (= liquid produced in the mouth):

Spit dribbled down his chin.

(Definition of “spit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)