Definition of spittle in English:



mass noun
  • Saliva, especially as ejected from the mouth.

    • ‘Baxorth lowered his eyebrows, wiped spittle from his mouth, and walked over to where Kelch was pinned against the building.’
    • ‘Mandibles clashed, clacking together like snapping tree trunks, and spittle drooled from its fangs.’
    • ‘Maureen sits there staring vacantly across the table, a stray bit of spittle drooling out of the side of her mouth…’
    • ‘During the subsequent backlash, he lost his rag and threw a total hissy fit, complete with flecks of spittle flying from his mouth.’
    • ‘He coughed out once, almost like a yelp of pain and sadness, long draws of spittle forming in his mouth and running out his haggard jaw.’
    • ‘Some of them sit with their heads between their legs slowly expectorating a long dribble of spit until there is a pool of spittle on the ground.’
    • ‘Watching him perform, spittle flying from his mouth, veins bulging and neck tendons taut as wires, I hope that performance is catharsis for him.’
    • ‘Queen Illariana spat directly in his face, and Revern wiped off her spittle, twisting his mouth in disgust.’
    • ‘He spat the words out with spittle from his dirty mouth.’
    • ‘Shase shouted in Hunter's face, spittle flying from his mouth onto Hunter's.’
    • ‘Diane was yelling again, spittle flying from her mouth as she cursed him to endure the most painful death imaginable.’
    • ‘There's another warping convulsion, and spittle sails from his mouth.’
    • ‘His face was redder than the tomatoes he was squashing under foot and spittle flew from his mouth as he lumbered toward his wife.’
    • ‘One was tied with a used bed-sheet to an armchair, his head hanging down and spittle dribbling from the corner of his mouth.’
    • ‘When he wrote: ‘The more one pays for food, the more sweat and spittle one is obliged to eat with it’, it was from first-hand knowledge.’
    • ‘My mouth was thick with spittle, unable to contain it so that it speckled upon the wood floor.’
    • ‘Sweat and spittle flew as the Serpent-Men cried out in bloodlust, every individual more than ready to do battle.’
    • ‘See the little bits of spittle coming out of his mouth?’
    • ‘Alan could see the flecks of spittle flinging from her mouth as she ranted.’
    • ‘As spittle from her mouth hit his face, his reflexes made him blink at the sudden feelings of the droplets falling onto his skin.’
    saliva, sputum, slaver, slobber, dribble, drool
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Late 15th century: alteration of dialect spattle, by association with spit.