AskDefine | Define spat

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1 a quarrel about petty points [syn: bicker, bickering, tiff, squabble, pettifoggery, fuss]
2 a cloth covering (a legging) that provides covering for the instep and ankles [syn: spats, gaiter]
3 a young oyster or other bivalve


1 come down like raindrops; "Bullets were spatting down on us"
2 become permanently attached; "mollusks or oysters spat"
3 strike with a sound like that of falling rain; "Bullets were spatting the leaves"
4 clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval [syn: applaud, clap, acclaim] [ant: boo]
5 engage in a brief and petty quarrel
6 spawn; "oysters spat"
7 clap one's hands together; "The children were clapping to the music" [syn: clap] [also: spatting, spatted]spit


1 a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea [syn: tongue]
2 a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches [syn: saliva, spittle]
3 a skewer for holding meat over a fire
4 the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva) [syn: spitting, expectoration]


1 expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth; "The father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer" [syn: ptyalize, ptyalise, spew, spue]
2 utter with anger or contempt [syn: spit out]
3 rain gently; "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick" [syn: sprinkle, spatter, patter, pitter-patter]
4 drive a skewer through; "skewer the meat for the BBQ" [syn: skewer] [also: spitting, spitted, spat]spat See spit [also: spatting, spatted]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /spæt/, /sp

Extensive Definition

Spat may refer to:
  • Spitting, in the past tense
  • Spat (unit), an astronomical unit of distance
  • Spats, a type of shoe accessory
  • spat, a brief argument, quarrel, or small fight
  • spat, a baby oyster or larvae
  • Spat, SpongeBob SquarePants` spatula

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