One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That tends or is able to spread out or expand; growing outwards.
2Informal (chiefly North American). Easily spread in a thin or even layer; spreadable.
3British informal. Of a meal: large and impressive on the table, lavish. Compare "spread". Now rare.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Partridge (fl. 1566–1582), translator and poet. Partly from spread + -y.
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