American English

Definition of spit verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    spit is also sometimes used for the past tense and past participle.Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spit
    he / she / it spits
    past simple spat
    -ing form spitting
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    from mouth
  1. 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. 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.
  3. say something angrily
  4. 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.
  5. of an animal
  6. 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.
  7. of something cooking/burning
  8. 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.
  9. rain
  10. 6[intransitive] (informal) (only used in the progressive tenses) when it is spitting, it is raining lightly
  11. Idioms
    spit it out (informal)
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    usually used in orders to tell someone to say something when they seem frightened or unwilling to speak If you've got something to say, spit it out!
    spit venom/blood
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    to show that you are very angry; to speak in an angry way She looked at him with eyes that spat venom.
    Phrasal Verbsspit up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: spit