|Origin:||spillan 'to kill, destroy, waste'|
spill1 S3 past tense and past participle spilt especially British English or spilled especially American English
1 [intransitive and transitive]
if you spill a liquid, or if it spills, it accidentally flows over the edge of a container [↪ pour]:
Katie almost spilled her milk.
spill something down/on/over something
Oh no! I've spilt coffee all down my shirt!
spill on/over etc
He slipped and the wine spilled all over the carpet.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
if people or things spill out of somewhere, they move or fall out in large numbers [= pour]
spill out/into/onto etc
Crowds from the theatre were spilling onto the street.
to tell something that someone else wanted you to keep a secret
4 American English informal
to tell someone all about your private life, or about a personal secret
to kill or wound people
➔ cry over spilt milkat cry1 (3)
spill into/onto somethingphrasal verb
The morning light spilled into the room.
spill overphrasal verb
spill over into
The conflict might spill over into neighbouring towns.