EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Old English spitu, from Proto-Germanic *spituz.

NounEdit

spit (plural spits)

  1. A rod on which meat is grilled (UK English) or broiled (US English).
  2. A narrow, pointed, usually sandy peninsula.
  3. The depth to which a spade goes in digging; a spade; a spadeful.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
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VerbEdit

spit (third-person singular simple present spits, present participle spitting, simple past and past participle spitted)

  1. To impale on a spit.
    to spit a loin of veal
    • Shakespeare
      infants spitted upon pikes
  2. To attend to a spit; to use a spit.
    She's spitting in the kitchen.
  3. To spade; to dig.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old English spittan, from Proto-Germanic (compare Danish spytte, Swedish spotta), from Proto-Indo-European *sp(y)ēw, *spyū [1], of imitiative origin (see spew)[2]

VerbEdit

spit (third-person singular simple present spits, present participle spitting, simple past and past participle spat or spit (US))

  1. (intransitive, transitive) To evacuate (saliva or another substance) from the mouth.
    Don't spit on the street.
    The teacher told her to spit out her bubble gum.
    • 1994, Stephen Fry, The Hippopotamus Chapter 2
      At the very moment he cried out, David realised that what he had run into was only the Christmas tree. Disgusted with himself at such cowardice, he spat a needle from his mouth, stepped back from the tree and listened. There were no sounds of any movement upstairs: no shouts, no sleepy grumbles, only a gentle tinkle from the decorations as the tree had recovered from the collision.
  2. To rain or snow slightly, or with sprinkles.
    • Charles Dickens
      It had been spitting with rain.
  3. (transitive) To utter violently.
  4. (transitive, slang, hip-hop) To utter.
    • 2005, Giselle Zado Wasfie, So Fly
      A group of black guys were spitting rhymes in the corner, slapping hands and egging one another on.
Usage notesEdit
  • Spit as the past form is common only in the US, while spat is common everywhere.
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NounEdit

spit (countable and uncountable, plural spits)

  1. (uncountable) Saliva, especially when expectorated.
    There was spit all over the washbasin.
  2. (countable) An instance of spitting.
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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ayto, John, Dictionary of Word Origins, Arcade Publishing, New York, 1990
  2. ^ spew, Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper
Last modified on 20 April 2014, at 17:09