What does spittle mean?

Definitions for spittle
ˈspɪt lspit·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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


  1. spittlenoun

    Spit, usually frothy and of a milky coloration.

  2. spittlenoun

    Something frothy and white that resembles spit.

  3. spittlenoun

    Spit-up or drool of an infant.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Spittlenoun

    Hospital. It is still retained in Scotland.

    Etymology: Corrupted from hospital,

    To the spittle go,
    And from the powd’ring tub of infamy
    Fetch forth the lazar kite of Cressid’s kind. William Shakespeare, H. V.

    This is it
    That makes the waned widow wed again;
    She whom the spittle house, and ulcerous sores,
    Would cast the gorge at, this embalms and spices
    To th’ April-day again. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Cure the spittle world of maladies. John Cleveland.

  2. Spittlenoun

    Moisture of the mouth.

    Etymology: spœtlian , Saxon

    The saliva or spittle is an humour of eminent use. John Ray.

    Mænas and Atys in the mouth were bred,
    And never hatch’d within the lab’ring head;
    No blood from bitten nails those poems drew,
    But churn’d like spittle from the lips they flew. Dryden.

    The spittle is an active liquor, immediately derived from the arterial blood: it is saponaceous. Arbuthnot.

    A genius for all stations fit,
    Whose meanest talent is his wit;
    His heart too great, though fortune little,
    To lick a rascal statesman’s spittle. Jonathan Swift.


  1. spittle

    Saliva (commonly referred to as spit) is an extracellular fluid produced and secreted by salivary glands in the mouth. In humans, saliva is around 99% water, plus electrolytes, mucus, white blood cells, epithelial cells (from which DNA can be extracted), enzymes (such as lipase and amylase), antimicrobial agents (such as secretory IgA, and lysozymes).The enzymes found in saliva are essential in beginning the process of digestion of dietary starches and fats. These enzymes also play a role in breaking down food particles entrapped within dental crevices, thus protecting teeth from bacterial decay. Saliva also performs a lubricating function, wetting food and permitting the initiation of swallowing, and protecting the oral mucosa from drying out.Various animal species have special uses for saliva that go beyond predigestion. Some swifts use their gummy saliva to build nests. Aerodramus nests form the basis of bird's nest soup. Cobras, vipers, and certain other members of the venom clade hunt with venomous saliva injected by fangs. Some caterpillars produce silk fiber from silk proteins stored in modified salivary glands (which are unrelated to the vertebrate ones).


  1. spittle

    Spittle is a term used to refer to saliva, especially when it is ejected from the mouth. It is basically the liquid substance produced in the mouths of humans and animals, primarily used to moisten food and aid in digestion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spittlenoun

    see Spital

  2. Spittleverb

    to dig or stir with a small spade

  3. Spittlenoun

    a small sort of spade

  4. Spittlenoun

    the thick, moist matter which is secreted by the salivary glands; saliva; spit

  5. Etymology: [See Spit to spade.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Spittle is ranked #38103 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Spittle surname appeared 582 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Spittle.

    95.3% or 555 total occurrences were White.
    2.2% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spittle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spittle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of spittle in a Sentence

  1. Dennis Potter:

    Politics is still crucially important. Our choices are vital, and we've got to make them, and not just say, 'Oh, they're all the same.' They are all the same in certain ways, alas -- a political animal is such an animal. But lurking somewhere behind their rhetoric and their spittle are important choices that we should make.

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