spit1 past tense and past participle spat or spit American English present participle spitting
to force a small amount of saliva (=the liquid in your mouth) out of your mouth:
liquid from your mouth[intransitive]HBH
Nick rolled down his window and spat.
A group of fans spat on the players as they left the field.
to force something out of your mouth:
Billy stood up slowly, rubbed his jaw, and spat blood.
spit something out
Diana tasted her martini and quickly spat it out.
to be raining very lightly [= drizzle]:
You don't need an umbrella - it's only spitting.
to say something quickly in a very angry way:
say somethingalso spit out [transitive]
'Shut up,' spat Maria furiously.
used to ask someone to tell you something that they seem too frightened or embarrassed to say:
Come on Jean, spit it out!
to send out small bits of something, for example fire or hot oil, into the air:
small pieces[intransitive and transitive]
A log fire was crackling and spitting in the hearth.
if a cat spits, it makes short angry sounds
to be very close to someone or something
to react to something in a very angry way; used when suggesting that the person is behaving like a child and not reacting like an adult should
spit the dummyinformal
spit upphrasal verb
spit something ↔ up
I was a difficult child, always crying and spitting up my food.
On one occasion, our daughter spat up all over him.