- 1[transitive] to force liquid, food, etc. out of your mouth spit something (out) She took a mouthful of food and then suddenly spat it out. spit something (from something) He was spitting blood from a badly cut lip.
- 2[intransitive] to force saliva (= the liquid that is produced in the mouth) out of your mouth, often as a sign of anger or lack of respect He coughed and spat. spit at/on/in somebody/something The prisoners were spat on by their guards. She spat in his face and went out. A gang of youths swore and spat at officials outside the stadium. say something angrily
- 3[transitive] to say something in an angry or aggressive way + speech ‘You liar!’ she spat. spit something (at somebody) He was dragged out of the court, spitting abuse at the judge and jury. See related entries: Anger of an animal
- 4[intransitive] to make a short angry sound Snakes spit and hiss when they are cornered. The cat arched its back and spat at the dog. of something cooking/burning
- 5[intransitive] to make a noise and throw out fat, sparks, etc. sausages spitting in the frying pan The logs on the fire crackled and spat. rain
- 6[intransitive] (informal) (only used in the progressive tenses) when it is spitting, it is raining lightly See related entries: Rain Word Originverb Old English spittan, of imitative origin.Idioms (informal) usually used in orders to tell somebody to say something when they seem frightened or unwilling to speak If you've got something to say, spit it out! to show that you are very angry; to speak in an angry way She looked at him with eyes that spat venom.
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BrE BrE//spɪt//; NAmE NAmE//spɪt//spit is also sometimes used for the past tense and past participle, especially in North American EnglishVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spit
BrE BrE//spɪt//; NAmE NAmE//spɪt//he / she / it spits
BrE BrE//spɪts//; NAmE NAmE//spɪts//past simple spat
BrE BrE//spæt//; NAmE NAmE//spæt//past participle spat
BrE BrE//spæt//; NAmE NAmE//spæt//(especially in North American English) past simple spit
BrE BrE//spɪt//; NAmE NAmE//spɪt//(especially in North American English) past participle spit
BrE BrE//spɪt//; NAmE NAmE//spɪt//-ing form spitting
BrE BrE//ˈspɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɪtɪŋ//Rain, Anger
(informal) very close We live within spitting distance of the bus station. Phrasal Verbsspit up