1. The spawn of shellfish, especially oysters and similar molluscs.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A covering or decorative covering worn over a shoe.
  2. (UK, Australia) A piece of bodywork that covers the upper portions of the rear tyres of a car.

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. a brief argument, falling out, quarrel

Noun (etymology 4)

  1. A light blow with something flat.

Noun (etymology 5)

  1. An obsolete unit of distance in astronomy (symbol S), equal to one billion kilometres.



There was no sink in the room so we spat out the window.
If I had known you had a spittoon in the corner I would never have spat on the floor.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To spawn. Used of shellfish as above.

Verb (etymology 3)

  1. to quarrel or argue briefly

Verb (etymology 4)

  1. To strike with a spattering sound.
  2. To slap, as with the open hand; to clap together, as the hands.

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