Definition of spat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//spæt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spæt//
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  1. 1(informal) a short argument or disagreement about something unimportant
  2. 2 [usually plural] a cloth covering for the ankle that was worn in the past by men over the shoe and fastened with buttons at the side
  3. see also spit
    Word Originsense 2 early 19th cent.: abbreviation of spatterdash.sense 1 early 19th cent. (originally a US colloquial usage): probably imitative.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spat