Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bespawl in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


From be- +‎ spawl.


bespawl (third-person singular simple present bespawls, present participle bespawling, simple past and past participle bespawled)

  1. (transitive) To daub, soil, or make foul with spawl or spittle.
    • 1885, United States Congress, Congressional edition:
      [...] as workwomen could use the respirators only by turns, and besides they had an aversion to apply to their mouths an object which was bespawled by others, [...]

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