What does spit mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spit, tonguenoun

    a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea

  2. saliva, spit, spittlenoun

    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

  3. spitnoun

    a skewer for holding meat over a fire

  4. spit, spitting, expectorationverb

    the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)

  5. spit, ptyalize, ptyalise, spew, spueverb

    expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth

    "The father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer"

  6. spit, spit outverb

    utter with anger or contempt

  7. sprinkle, spit, spatter, patter, pitter-patterverb

    rain gently

    "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"

  8. skewer, spitverb

    drive a skewer through

    "skewer the meat for the BBQ"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Spitnoun

    Etymology: spitan , Saxon; spit, Dutch; spedo, Italian.

    A goodly city is this Antium;
    ’Tis I that made thy widows: then know me not,
    Lest that thy wives with spits, and boys with stones
    In puny battle slay me. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    They may be contrived to the moving of sails in a chimney corner, the motion of which may be applied to the turning of a spit. John Wilkins, Mathematical Magick.

    With Peggy Dixon thoughtful sit,
    Contriving for the pot and spit. Jonathan Swift.

    Where the earth is washed from the quick, face it with the first spit of earth dug out of the ditch. John Mortimer.

  2. To Spitverb

    Preterite spat; participle pass. spit, or spitted.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I see my cousin’s ghost
    Seeking out Romeo, that did spit his body
    Upon a rapier’s point. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    I spitted frogs, I crush’d a heap of emmets. Dryden.

  3. To Spitverb

    To eject from the mouth.

    Etymology: spœtan , Saxon; spytter, Danish.

    A large mouth, indeed,
    That spits forth death, and mountains, rocks and seas. William Shakespeare, King John.

    Commissions which compel from each
    The sixth part of his substance, makes bold mouths,
    Tongues spit their duties out, and cold hearts freeze
    Allegiance in them. William Shakespeare.

  4. To Spitverb

    To throw out spittle or moisture of the mouth.

    Very good orators, when they are here, will spit. William Shakespeare.

    I dare meet Surrey,
    And spit upon him whilst I say he lies. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    You spit upon me last Wednesday,
    You spurn’d me such a day. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    The watry kingdom, whose ambitious head
    Spits in the face of heaven, is no bar
    To stop the foreign spirits; but they come. William Shakespeare.

    He spat on the ground, made clay of the spittle, and anointed the eyes of the blind man. John ix. 6.

    A maid came from her father’s house to one of the tribunals of the Gentiles, and declaring herself a Christian, spit in the judge’s face. South.

    A drunkard men abhor, and would even spit at him, were it not for fear he should something more than spit at them. Robert South, Sermons.

    Spit on your finger and thumb, and pinch the snuff till the candle goes out. Jonathan Swift, Rules for the Servants.


  1. spit

    Spit generally refers to the act of forcefully ejecting saliva or other substances from the mouth. However, it can also refer to a thin, pointed rod or bar on which meat is impaled for roasting. The word 'spit' can either be used as a noun or a verb.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spitnoun

    a long, slender, pointed rod, usually of iron, for holding meat while roasting

  2. Spitnoun

    a small point of land running into the sea, or a long, narrow shoal extending from the shore into the sea; as, a spit of sand

  3. Spitnoun

    the depth to which a spade goes in digging; a spade; a spadeful

  4. Spitnoun

    to thrust a spit through; to fix upon a spit; hence, to thrust through or impale; as, to spit a loin of veal

  5. Spitnoun

    to spade; to dig

  6. Spitverb

    to attend to a spit; to use a spit

  7. Spit

    of Spit

  8. Spitnoun

    to eject from the mouth; to throw out, as saliva or other matter, from the mouth

  9. Spitnoun

    to eject; to throw out; to belch

  10. Spitnoun

    the secretion formed by the glands of the mouth; spitle; saliva; sputum

  11. Spitverb

    to throw out saliva from the mouth

  12. Spitverb

    to rain or snow slightly, or with sprinkles

  13. Etymology: [OE. spite, AS. spitu; akin to D. spit, G. spiess, OHG. spiz, Dan. spid. Sw. spett, and to G. spitz pointed. 170.]


  1. Spit

    A spit or sandspit is a deposition landform found off coasts. At one end, spits connect to a head, and extend into the nose. A spit is a type of bar or beach that develops where a re-entrant occurs, such as at cove's headlands, by the process of longshore drift. Longshore drift occurs due to waves meeting the beach at an oblique angle, and backwashing perpendicular to the shore, moving sediment down the beach in a zigzag pattern. Longshore drifting is complemented by longshore currents, which transport sediment through the water alongside the beach. These currents are set in motion by the same oblique angle of entering waves that causes littoral drift and transport sediment in a similar process.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spit

    spit, n. an iron prong on which meat is roasted: a long piece of land or a narrow shoal running into the sea: a wire or spindle holding a spool in a shuttle.—v.t. to pierce with a spit: to string on a stick and hang up to dry:—pr.p. spit′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. spit′ted.p.adj. Spit′ted, put upon a spit, impaled: shot out to a point.—n. Spit′ter, one who puts meat on a spit: a young deer whose antlers have shot out but not branched. [A.S. spitu; Dut. spit, Ger. spitze.]

  2. Spit

    spit, v.t. to throw out from the mouth: to eject with violence.—v.i. to throw out saliva from the mouth: to fall in scattered drops, as rain at the beginning of a shower: to make a spitting sound, like an angry cat:—pr.p. spit′ting; pa.t. spit, spat; pa.p. spit.—n. saliva, spume: a light fall of rain or snow.—ns. Spit′-box, a spittoon; Spit′-curl (coll.), a soap-lock; Spit′fire, a hot-tempered person; Spit′poison, a venomous calumniator.—pa.p. Spit′ted (B.), thrown out from the mouth.—ns. Spit′ter, one who spits; Spit′ting, the act of one who or that which spits: an appearance on the surface of melted silver or platinum allowed to cool slowly, jets of oxygen forming small cones and sometimes throwing up drops of molten metal—also called Sprout′ing; Spit′tle, the moist matter thrown from the mouth: saliva; Spittoon′, a vessel for the convenience of such smokers as spit. [A.S. spittan, also spǽtan; Ice. spýta, Ger. spützen.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. spit

    A bank, or small sandy projection, with shallow water on it, generally running out from a point of land. Also, meteorologically, very slight rain.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spit in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of spit in a Sentence

  1. Chris Brown:

    Spit blood in my face and it enraged me even more.

  2. Jennifer Ellison:

    The Dow Jones industrial average’s going to be tough to get much of a rally now because it's so quiet and volume is already down, nobody’s interested in anything except making some modest tweaks to their portfolios for year-end spit and polish.

  3. National Journal:

    I literally spit my coffee on my laptop when she said that. It’s just inconceivable, laughable, she’s got copies of them. She could have brought them to the news conference. So that was totally unbelievable.

  4. H. L. Mencken:

    Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.

  5. Shiyanne Kroll:

    She needs to be sitting in the jail. She needs to rot in hell. I want to spit in her face.

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  • spoegAfrikaans
  • بَصَقَ, تَفَّ, تَفَلَ, بَزَقَArabic
  • tüpürməkAzerbaijani
  • наплява́ць, пляво́к, плю́нуць, каса́, слі́на, плява́цьBelarusian
  • плю́нка, слю́нкаBulgarian
  • escopirCatalan, Valencian
  • plivat, špíz, slina, plivnout, plivnutíCzech
  • tange, spid, spyt, spytteDanish
  • Landzunge, Spieß, Speichel, spucken, Nehrung, SpuckeGerman
  • σούβλα, φτύνωGreek
  • kraĉiEsperanto
  • espetar, escupir, asadorSpanish
  • sülitama, maasäärEstonian
  • تف کردن, گردنا, سیخ, تفPersian
  • sylkäistä, kynnäs, syljeskellä, sylkeäFinnish
  • cracher, crachement, broche, crachatFrench
  • fliberWestern Frisian
  • bior, caith seileIrish
  • smugaidScottish Gaelic
  • cuspir, esputoGalician
  • רוק, ירק, יריקהHebrew
  • थूकना, थूकHindi
  • köpHungarian
  • շամփուր, թուք, թքելArmenian
  • ludahIndonesian
  • spýta, hrækjaIcelandic
  • girarrosto, sputare, spiedoItalian
  • [[つば]]を[[吐く]], 串, 唾, 吐くJapanese
  • გადაფურთხება, ფურთხი, შეფურთხება, მიფურთხება, შამფური, ნაფურთხი, დაფურთხებაGeorgian
  • түкіру, түкіртуKazakh
  • ស្តោះទឹកមាត់, ស្ដោះKhmer
  • 침, [[침]]을[[뱉다]], 뱉다Korean
  • түкүрүүKyrgyz
  • conspuo, spuo, veru, sputoLatin
  • ຂາກ, ຖຸຽ, ຄາຍLao
  • nerija, spjautiLithuanian
  • spļautLatvian
  • tūpahipahi, hukiMāori
  • спруд, плу́нка, ‘рка, плу́кање, ра́жен, плу́канка, плу́каMacedonian
  • нулимахMongolian
  • थूक, थूकणेMarathi
  • ludah, ludahanMalay
  • ထွေးBurmese
  • spidd, spytteNorwegian
  • spuwsel, spit, spuwen, speeksel, spuug, spugenDutch
  • spiddNorwegian Nynorsk
  • escupOccitan
  • mierzeja, splunięcie, rożen, ślina, plućPolish
  • espeto, cuspe, saliva, cuspirPortuguese
  • thuqay, aqtuyQuechua
  • spidarRomansh
  • scuipa, frigare, scuipatRomanian
  • коса́, плево́к, наплева́ть, ве́ртел, слюна́, плю́нуть, плева́ть, шампу́р, слю́нкаRussian
  • pljuvačka, rážanj, пљувачка, pljȕvati, ра́жањ, слина, пљу̏вати, slinaSerbo-Croatian
  • slina, pľuťSlovak
  • pljuvati, slinaSlovene
  • pështyjAlbanian
  • spett, spott, spottaSwedish
  • துப்புTamil
  • туф карданTajik
  • ถุย, ขากThai
  • tüýkürmekTurkmen
  • tükürmek, şişTurkish
  • плюва́ти, коса́, плю́нути, роже́н, сли́на, шампу́р, плюво́к, наплюва́тиUkrainian
  • تھوکناUrdu
  • six, tupurmoqUzbek
  • khạc nhổ, nhổ, nước bọtVietnamese
  • spuk, spukön, länalineg, spukotVolapük
  • fela, phimisaZulu

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    a small restaurant serving beer and wine as well as food; usually cheap
    A impurity
    B brasserie
    C muddle
    D secession

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