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Noun: spat  spat
  1. A quarrel about petty points
    - bicker, bickering, tiff, squabble, pettifoggery, fuss, brannigan [US]
  2. A cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles
    - gaiter
  3. A young oyster or other bivalve
Verb: spat (spatted,spatting)  spat
  1. Come down like raindrops
    "Bullets were spatting down on us"
  2. Become permanently attached
    "mollusks or oysters spat"
  3. Strike with a sound like that of falling rain
    "Bullets were spatting the leaves"
  4. Clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
    - applaud, clap, acclaim
  5. Engage in a brief and petty quarrel
  6. Spawn
    "oysters spat"
  7. Clap one's hands together
    - clap
Verb: spit (spat,spitting)  spit
  1. Expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth
    "The father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer";
    - spew, spue [archaic]
  2. Utter with anger or contempt
    - spit out
  3. [Brit] Rain gently
    "It has only spat, but the roads are slick";
    - sprinkle, spatter, patter, pitter-patter
  4. Drive a skewer through
    "spit the meat for the BBQ";
    - skewer

Derived forms: spatting, spatted, spats

See also: spit up

Type of: altercate, argufy, attach, blue [Austral, NZ], collide with, come down, cough out, cough up, dispute, dustup, emit, expectorate, fall, gesticulate, gesture, hit, impact, impinge on, leg covering, legging, leging [non-standard], let loose, let out, motion, offspring, pin, precipitate, quarrel, rain, rain down, row[2], run into, run-in, scrap, spawn, spit out, spit up, strike, utter, words, wrangle, young

Part of: Bivalvia, class Bivalvia, class Lamellibranchia, class Pelecypoda, Lamellibranchia

Encyclopedia: Spat