spat
Pronunciation Verb
  1. Simple past tense and past participle of spit
    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.
Noun

spat (uncountable)

  1. The spawn of shellfish, especially oysters and similar molluscs.
    • 2005, TVR Pillay & MN Kutty, Aquaculture: Principles and practices, p. 525:
      As spat-fall often occurs in areas away from environments suitable for oyster growing, the collection, transport and sale of oyster spat has developed into a separate industry.
  2. A juvenile shellfish which has attached to a hard surface.
Verb

spat (spats, present participle spatting; past and past participle spatted)

  1. (ambitransitive) To spawn. Used of shellfish as above.
Noun

spat (plural spats)

  1. A covering or decorative covering worn over a shoe.
  2. (automotive) (UK, Australia) A piece of bodywork that covers the upper portions of the rear tyres of a car.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: guêtre
  • German: Gamasche, Überschuh
  • Italian: uose
  • Portuguese: polaina
  • Russian: ге́тра
  • Spanish: polaina
Translations 1804. American English, probably onomatopoeic en. Noun

spat (plural spats)

  1. a brief argument, falling out, quarrel
Translations Verb

spat (spats, present participle spatting; past and past participle spatted)

  1. to quarrel or argue briefly
Translations Noun

spat (plural spats)

  1. A light blow with something flat.
Verb

spat (spats, present participle spatting; past and past participle spatted)

  1. (transitive and intransitive) To strike with a spattering sound.
    • 1922, B. M. Bower, The Trail of the White Mule, ch. 3:
      He felt the wind of a second bullet that spatted against a boulder near Barney.
    • 2007, Nolan Clay, "Co-workers testify about Kelsey's mother ↗," Daily Oklahoman, 13 July, (retrieved 25 Aug. 2009):
      "She mentioned she had spatted Kelsey on her diaper with a hairbrush," said Mildred Johnson, a co-worker.
  2. (US, dialect) To slap, as with the open hand; to clap together, as the hands.
    • Little Isabel leaped up and down, spatting her hands.
Translations Noun

spat (plural spats)

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



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