Definition of spite verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

spite

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//spaɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spaɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spite
BrE BrE//spaɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spaɪt//
 
he / she / it spites
BrE BrE//spaɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spaɪts//
 
past simple spited
BrE BrE//ˈspaɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspaɪtɪd//
 
past participle spited
BrE BrE//ˈspaɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspaɪtɪd//
 
-ing form spiting
BrE BrE//ˈspaɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspaɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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  • (only used in the infinitive with to) spite somebody to deliberately annoy or upset somebody They're playing the music so loud just to spite us.
  • Word Origin Middle English: shortening of Old French despit ‘contempt’, despiter ‘show contempt for’.Idioms
    cut off your nose to spite your face
     
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    (informal) to do something when you are angry that is meant to harm somebody else but which also harms you
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spite