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



    BrE BrE//spɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɪt//
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    in/from mouth
  1. 1[uncountable] the liquid that is produced in your mouth synonym saliva
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] the act of spitting liquid or food out of your mouth
  3. piece of land
  4. 3[countable] a long thin piece of land that sticks out into the sea/ocean, a lake, etc. a shingle spit a remote spit of land on the coast
  5. for cooking meat
  6. 4[countable] a long thin straight piece of metal that you put through meat to hold and turn it while you cook it over a fire chickens roasting on a spit
  7. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 Old English spittan, of imitative origin. noun senses 3 to 4 Old English spitu, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch spit and German Spiess.Idioms (informal) thorough cleaning and polishing of something
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