Main definitions of spit in English

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spit1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Eject saliva forcibly from one's mouth, sometimes as a gesture of contempt or anger.

    ‘Todd spit in Hugh's face’
    • ‘He wiped his mouth before spitting into his hand.’
    • ‘She spit to rid her mouth of the substance, but more was instantly forced in.’
    • ‘Don't spit out the saliva because this is a waste, and it will also disturb your concentration.’
    • ‘She contemplated spitting back on him, till his partner slapped her hard across the cheek.’
    • ‘And when that didn't have the effect she wanted, she spat into his mouth.’
    • ‘All around her men and elves fell in bloody heaps, Krast spitting contemptuously on their broken bodies.’
    • ‘I have over-active saliva glands myself but this never causes me to spit in the street.’
    • ‘He also received a further six weeks for contempt after spitting at a court official.’
    • ‘He hated his urge to spit out saliva when he was peeing and feared he would retain the disgusting habit.’
    • ‘I spat back, gesturing to her tacky blonde highlights.’
    • ‘Alora almost spat, the contempt for her foster mother painfully obvious.’
    • ‘In April 2002, he was jailed for six weeks for contempt of court for spitting at a police liaison officer in court.’
    • ‘The girl glowered up at Kiannon as if he were the Un-Goddess herself - drew back her head in a sharp, dismissive gesture, and spat at him.’
    • ‘They'd take an inmate with tuberculosis, who was coughing blood, and force him to spit into the mouths of others.’
    • ‘The people saying that are not worth the saliva I would expend to spit on them.’
    • ‘True, and it's not likely someone is going to come up and spit in your mouth.’
    • ‘As reported in the Manchester Evening News, more than 1,600 station workers now have access to swabbing kits, which they can use to store saliva if a customer spits at them before sending it off for analysis.’
    • ‘A bitter taste rose in Henderson's mouth, and he spat into the cluster of violet tulips alongside the porch.’
    • ‘The man wiped his mouth, spat, and then sat up, uncertain whether to glare or to quiver.’
    expectorate, hawk
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    1. 1.1with object Forcibly eject (food or liquid) from one's mouth.
      ‘he spits out his piece of coconut’
      figurative ‘ATMs that spit out $20 bills’
      • ‘Once again, I followed their example, but I spit the fizzing liquid back into the jar.’
      • ‘He said nothing, yet his gaze narrowed as he spat water from his mouth.’
      • ‘As he spat a mouthful of orange goop on the floor, he heard Jeremy laughing at him.’
      • ‘Walking back across the road I spat a mouthful of water onto the windscreen of Howard's commonwealth car.’
      • ‘When a bone is encountered in the food, the bone is spat out, discreetly, onto the table.’
      • ‘That finish was a thankfully short-lived experience that reminded us of the taste you get left in your mouth after spitting out that pink drink at the dentist.’
      • ‘I propped myself up best I could, struggling, and spat a warm liquid out onto the grass.’
      • ‘She rushed over to the trashcan and spat the food out, blinking in shock.’
      • ‘She rinsed her mouth, then spat the water onto the ground.’
      • ‘My eyes squinted up in pain and I briefly entertained the idea of spitting the food out and screaming loudly.’
      • ‘He spat the offending liquid into the dust, and passed the water bottle back to her.’
      • ‘I am afraid to say that this revelation caused a certain amount of food to be spat out, and scenes of a boisterous nature which cannot be tolerated in polite society.’
      • ‘I got really drunk as you can imagine and started to spit water at people working behind the bar.’
      • ‘I then got shouted at by one of the dinner ladies (only you can't call them that now) for spitting my food out onto the plate.’
      • ‘At occasional intervals the faces appear to spit water from their mouths, in a reference to more classical fountain designs.’
      • ‘As soon as he left our table, we spit the food out, wiping the corners of our mouth with the dainty white napkin.’
      • ‘Thankfully before we put the plan into action the baby spit the food out all over the table and tried to wipe the taste off her tongue.’
      • ‘She glared at him, then spat the mouthful of half-chewed cookie into the napkin.’
      • ‘Even when someone is eating in a movie they're probably spitting the food out between takes.’
      • ‘I looked away from my reflection in the mirror, found a Kleenex, and spat the food in my mouth out.’
    2. 1.2spit upNorth American (especially of a baby) vomit or regurgitate food.
      • ‘Leaking pampers and spitting up can soil the material and cause staining.’
      • ‘I'm about the same age as you, and some of us were getting laid in the 80s and having kids then, so hearing about how tired you are and sick of being spit up on is boring.’
      • ‘However, regular spitting up or vomiting in infants associated with any of the following symptoms may be a sign of a more serious problem.’
      • ‘As my wife was holding him, he spat up a little bit.’
      • ‘You might be able to wear the same thing every day, but your baby will undoubtedly begin spitting up after every meal, and your toddler will drip gelato on her dress and crawl in filthy piazzas.’
      • ‘The study authors theorized that, at the time, many health care professionals feared that infants placed to sleep on their backs might choke on vomit if they happened to spit up during the night.’
      • ‘But what's normal and what's not when it comes to spitting up or vomiting in infants?’
      • ‘After having difficulty with choking and spitting up during and after bottle feeds, the parents had turned to a ‘slow-flow’ nipple that they had found in a local department store.’
      • ‘Call the doctor if he is spitting up, drooling, vomiting, or if he has chest or stomach pain.’
      • ‘We didn't get the leather because it's leather, we got it because when the baby spits up it's easier to wipe that off leather than cloth.’
      • ‘We couldn't figure out why, you know, the one girl kept spitting up.’
      • ‘Colicky babies may spit up just like healthy babies.’
      • ‘More likely, he'll spit up on me, or scream in my arms, or steal the rice from my plate of food.’
      • ‘Almost all infants spit up, but if an infant spits up or throws up almost every time he eats and seems fussy, he may have heartburn.’
      • ‘If I would be upset if a baby spit up on an outfit, I don't buy it, because I'd rather be available to hold a baby than wear the most delicate fabric in the room.’
      • ‘‘It seems like just yesterday he was spitting up his food,’ Benny said with a sigh.’
      be sick, spew, spew up, fetch up
      regurgitate, bring up, spew up, heave up, cough up
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    3. 1.3with object Utter in a hostile or aggressive way.
      ‘she spat abuse at the jury’
      with direct speech ‘“Go to hell!” she spat’
      • ‘I also admire the fact that he always sounds genuinely angry, spitting out his barbs with a Vesuvian intensity.’
      • ‘He continued in this angry state, spitting out word after hated word.’
      • ‘The attacker spat racial abuse at the victim as he carried out the terrifying assault at Monkton Road Stores, in Monkton Road, off Byland Avenue.’
      • ‘‘Not for the guys who are too stupid to see the littlest signs and gestures,’ she spat.’
      • ‘‘Get your filthy hands off of me,’ she spits at Tristan contemptuously.’
      • ‘‘You don't even have a reason to be angry,’ she spat hatefully, her voice beginning to grow loud.’
      • ‘‘You speak of wholesale murder,’ the Princess spat back with fire in her eyes.’
      • ‘It was the same fight as it had been nearly fifteen hundred years before, only they were less hostile and weren't spitting their words out carelessly.’
      • ‘She said: ‘We have been getting abuse and been spat at and shouted at for a year.’’
      • ‘I imagined red hot lava filling her body, expanding until she exploded, but that was just so I could take my mind away from the twisted lips spitting out frustrated words through gritted teeth.’
      • ‘‘Tell the Twins to keep their hands away from my mouth,’ Tyger spits, his voice sounding more and more mechanical with each word.’
      snap, say angrily, hiss, rasp, splutter
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    4. 1.4 Be extremely angry or frustrated.
      ‘he was spitting with sudden fury’
      • ‘Hissing and spitting like an angry cat, Arach tried to free herself, but the man was strong.’
      • ‘She spat back, much angrier than she appeared to be.’
    5. 1.5 (of a fire or something being cooked) emit small bursts of sparks or hot fat with a series of short, explosive noises.
      • ‘Two of them were real spitfires and were still hissing and spitting madly.’
      • ‘It was stone cold within, but there was a pile of cut wood in one corner and soon he had a fire spitting and crackling, dancing weird patterns of red and yellow about the cabin.’
      • ‘For example, and also in England, Girl Guides are being sued by a teenager who was hit by spitting fat while cooking sausages around the campfire.’
      • ‘Trying that approach on Monday morning resulted in pretty blue, orange and white sparks and threatening hissing and spitting noises.’
      • ‘She opened her eyes and saw a blazing fire crackling and spitting at the men sitting around it.’
      • ‘The fire sputtered and spat as it was pelted by the rain, but our food was hot and I had poured the morning's broth into the jugs already.’
      • ‘She got up and went over to the fire crackling and spitting nearby.’
      • ‘A fire already spit in the fireplace as Alecaen took a seat on the plush blood red couch.’
      • ‘The blaze did nothing but feed on the building, hissing and spitting on wood and brick.’
      • ‘A night bird screeched in the distance and the fire crackled and spat, and shoes crushed tiny rocks on the ground.’
      • ‘Ilea ruled the south icy realm, Aural the seas of the north, Inferna the parched lands of the west where fire spits from mountains, and Terrestra the forests of the East.’
      • ‘There isn't much liquid in the masala sauce, even so, use quite a large pan, this stuff spits and splatters all over the place.’
      • ‘The only sound for several seconds was the sound of the fire, spitting and crackling sparks.’
      • ‘The dwarf spun in several circles with his stick spinning him in front before the stick flew out of his hands and onto the nearby grass, making it crackle and spit.’
      sizzle, hiss, crackle, sputter, frizzle, fizz
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    6. 1.6 (of a cat) make a hissing noise as a sign of anger or hostility.
      • ‘He's charging the door of his box, growling, spitting, and hissing.’
      • ‘The Rentaio was hissing and spitting, trying to tear the collar off himself and scratching his throat, drawing thin lines of blood.’
      • ‘Instead of purring and snuggling up to us, he was aggressive, hissing and spitting in spite of our best efforts to help him.’
      • ‘As soon as I was done, the cat started hissing and spitting and arched its back.’
      • ‘When it hissed and spat at Arvan, Shanae could make out the rows of viciously sharp teeth and foul black tongue.’
      • ‘Kimiwari continued to hiss and spit until Naomi could no longer hold onto her.’
      • ‘He raised an eyebrow as Strata leaped on him, hissing and spitting in fear.’
      • ‘If he were a cat, he'd be hissing and spitting by now, hair on end.’
      • ‘Before she could do a thing, Balac had sped in front of her, hissing and spitting at the Dragon.’
      • ‘She hissed, spat and arched her back, and the hyenas kept their distance, though they did manage to grab the stork.’
      • ‘It spat and hissed, coiling about on the ground in a demented and tortured agony.’
      • ‘Clarice shrieked as a small crimson blur streaked towards her, hissing and spitting.’
      • ‘After a few more seconds of spitting and hissing, Fluffy ran from Katie's sight.’
      • ‘They hiss and spit at Realtor Lion but he drives them out of the tent with the tree branch.’
  • 2it spits", "it is spitting, etc.British Light rain falls.

    ‘it began to spit’
    • ‘Hinderwell huddled against the spitting rain and chilly wind.’
    • ‘The rain began to spit down across the windscreen.’
    • ‘The wind was cold and the air damp with spitting rain but Michael didn't care.’
    • ‘I was tired, there were good programmes on television and the rain was starting to spit down from above.’
    • ‘Everything was going fine, when about half an hour into the race it started to spit with rain.’
    • ‘As it was spitting with rain that morning, I'd worn my Harrington jacket, but had taken the button badges off.’
    • ‘Still a little bit gusty, a little bit of spitting rain on and off.’
    • ‘With rain starting to spit as well, the team were looking on confidently as the black Lego Star Wars Honda pulled away into a comfortable lead.’
    • ‘The rain was still spitting down, though not heavy enough to make people stop their activities.’
    • ‘This afternoon, many people in the office turned to look at the darkening grey skies and the rain spitting on the windows.’
    • ‘The sun came out later in the day, but by the time it started to spit with rain I decided to cut my losses and head to the station.’
    • ‘It was a cold October night and the wind was howling and it had started to spit with rain.’
    • ‘It is spitting with rain as the fans trickle into Headingley.’
    • ‘By now it was spitting with rain but as we looked out across the water at some rusting ships and a rather dilapidated sea defence the spots soon turned to heavy drops and it quickly began to pour.’
    • ‘It is still spitting rain today and the grass turns greener even I watch it.’
    • ‘With 15 minutes to go before the start and the cars formed up on the grid, it is spitting with rain every now and again.’
    • ‘Night had fallen sullenly over the storm ravaged waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with heavy drops of rain spitting down from the wet, grey, overcast sky.’
    • ‘It was raining, probably only spitting at that time.’
    • ‘The rain finally came, spitting down, and she unzipped the section at the back of her jacket that revealed a hood, which she pulled over her head and tied under her chin.’
    • ‘I don't know why: the sky is spitting rain at me again.’
    rain lightly, drizzle, spot
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noun

  • 1Saliva, typically that which has been ejected from a person's mouth.

    • ‘We learn early on, for example, that the virus is spread by blood and spit.’
    • ‘We got to M's house and I ran to the loo where I held my hand over my mouth and allowed the blood and spit and goo to run through my hands, while I caught my teeth.’
    • ‘I was left with legs like jelly, and a total lack of spit in my mouth.’
    • ‘Oskar summoned up all of his saliva and spit into the hand full of powder.’
    • ‘He hocked up a wad of saliva and spit at Lue's feet.’
    • ‘I spit on the ground to get the tastes of acid and hate out of my mouth and my spit burned a hole in the sidewalk.’
    • ‘The turtle opened its mouth and spurted hot spit in Gardens' face.’
    • ‘The first time I hang out with this girl she's having shots of soy sauce to stimulate her salivary glands so her cheeks swell and spit shoots out of her mouth.’
    • ‘They magnanimously bestow on our green spaces abundant spit, phlegm, nasal mucus, litter and noxious garbage of all kinds.’
    • ‘After little painful moments of gasping and dry retching, she rises up on unsteady legs, wiping spit from her mouth with the back of her hand.’
    • ‘The mystery woman screamed, traces of spit flying from her mouth.’
    • ‘Justin, her boyfriend, screamed at her, red in the face, droplets of spit flying from his mouth.’
    • ‘I brought up all this phlegm and spit into my mouth, and at first it was so, so foul I nearly choked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I shoved his face away after a minute, wiping spit off my mouth.’
    • ‘The horse's flanks were soaked, its face was white with lather where the bridle rubbed, and foamy spit flew from its mouth as it tossed its head.’
    • ‘Men do not actually drool more, but their spit becomes super-charged with testosterone.’
    • ‘He could almost see the man's spit flying from his mouth as he hissed angrily into the phone.’
    • ‘To read Proulx aloud your mouth needs plenty of spit in it.’
    • ‘Old Bruce is not happy to be reminded that he was once a porky loser who talks as if his mouth is full of spit and looks like a living donut.’
    spittle, saliva, sputum, slaver, slobber, dribble, drool
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  • 2An act of spitting.

Phrases

  • spit in the eye (or face) of

    • Show contempt or scorn for.

      • ‘I don't root for them because I'm a dark, soulless being or because I have some undying need to spit in the face of Red Sox fans.’
      • ‘If the logic she's employing is accepted without challenge by those who agree with that assessment then they will have collectively spat in the face of the real traditions of the Left.’
      • ‘You will experience a sense of liberation for the rest of your working life and be able to spit in the eye of just about anyone who crosses you - a great and abiding pleasure.’
      • ‘It appears that there are lots of other beers in the world and if a brewer chooses to spit in the eye of millions of Irish and German Catholics, they can find those other beers and drink them instead.’
      • ‘It's a well known fact that all teenagers are constantly committing crimes and spitting in the face of the law.’
      • ‘That the band was brought down by a drunk driver fuels the irony and spits in the face of what Compromise stood for.’
      • ‘The youth movements spat in the face of all that: punk in a stand-up-and-offend-people way, new romanticism in a curious way, rave culture in an en masse party animal way.’
      • ‘It's about wrecking yourself on that huge air and getting up and laughing, and then spitting in the eye of the giant frowning face that is conformity.’
      • ‘Admittedly they are only fictions, but in every film about brave newspapers and fearless journalists, there is inevitably a scene of truth's crusaders spitting in the eye of the very advertisers who pay their salaries.’
      • ‘Did I now intend to just go and spit in the eye of that legacy?’
      • ‘In taking that approach, he completely cancels any nobility or purity of his sacrifice and spits in the face of what most religions hold dear: the sanctity of life.’
      • ‘I mean, I think that was almost an attempt to spit in the face of anybody who feels that such things shouldn't be there.’
      • ‘I need to remember these things because to forget would be to spit in the face of every single person who died that day.’
      • ‘And, above all, there is the funny, articulate defiance of Rotten, who, having been poor, sickly and Irish gleefully spat in the face of Britain's moral conventions because he really had nothing to lose.’
      • ‘Not only is the action predictable, but the coincidences on display don't just laugh in the face of believability, they spit in the face of believability and then kick it in the groin repeatedly.’
      • ‘The Arab streets had not risen, ‘to spit in the face of Zionism and imperialism’.’
      • ‘A culture that spits in the eye of the God who gives us freedom and dignity will find itself unable to resist tyranny.’
      • ‘Unaware of their limited rights as employees at will, they apparently thought they could spit in the eye of a behemoth and escape untouched.’
  • spit it out

    • informal Used to urge someone to say or confess something quickly.

      ‘spit it out, man, I haven't got all day’
      • ‘‘I guess I'll just spit it out,’ the man began again, still not telling us anything.’
      • ‘It was a thought that had been on my mind, and I didn't know how to bring it up, but it seemed like there was never the right time to ask, so I had to just spit it out.’
      • ‘After a minute I happily spit it out, but Lauren wasn't done with me.’
      • ‘It's like they want to say something but they can't spit it out.’
      • ‘Ugh, why couldn't she have spit it out before falling unconscious?’
      • ‘He tried to spit it out, but his mouth was dry and he could not.’
      • ‘Jonathan loathed the sound of that man's name, he hated to speak it, he spit it out quickly and swigged his coke to remove the taste.’
      • ‘He took it out of Kuwait in 1991, and we made him spit it out.’
      • ‘People may not like it, but I just spit it out and say it like it is.’
      • ‘I would have liked to tell him to spit it out but I held my tongue; I wasn't about to force him to reveal anything he wasn't comfortable revealing.’
      • ‘‘Then spit it out already,’ Holiday told her, now pushing back her cuticles.’
      • ‘She was obviously stalling, but I mean, couldn't she just spit it out?’
      • ‘As Mitchell describes it, this is a book about a boy who doesn't know what he knows - who has the entire world inside of him but cannot spit it out.’

Origin

Old English spittan, of imitative origin.

Pronunciation

spit

/spɪt//spit/

Main definitions of spit in English

: spit1spit2spit3

spit2

noun

  • 1A long, thin metal rod pushed through meat in order to hold and turn it while it is roasted over an open fire.

    ‘chicken cooked on a spit’
    • ‘During the 19th century, barbecues on these properties were legendary, with the beef cooking on a spit over a huge fire while ranchers and their ladies danced the night away.’
    • ‘And, I had to say, it looked great - yurts, the traditional felt tents, to sleep in, and spits over open fires for cooking.’
    • ‘There was a fire going with a spit on it, the skinned deer being cooked to perfection.’
    • ‘He directed a couple of the ranch hands, who had come with him, to unload and help Jelly get the meat on spits and over the fire.’
    • ‘They set up a spit over the fire and put the chunks to cook after she smeared some mint, spice and slat seasoning on them.’
    • ‘Eana peered at some meat roasting on a spit, and Ziven grabbed Felicity's hand, leading her into the dining room.’
    • ‘We bury the skin, fur, head and entrails using a shovel we brought, and then set the meat roasting on a spit on the fire.’
    • ‘Antonin prepared the roasts on spits and the cauldrons for boiling meat and fish.’
    • ‘Things were cooked in pans on racks over open fires, and meat was roasted on spits.’
    • ‘In 1326, when he was about fourteen, he was a happelapin (kitchen boy) to Queen Jeanne of France and was charged with the unenviable task of turning the great roasting spits before the open fire.’
    • ‘He lassoes one and we jump cut to Smith at night with a fire that has something cooking on a spit.’
    • ‘If the carcass is several days old, boil the meat to be safe, then put it on a spit over the fire to improve the taste (a bit).’
    • ‘On and around them are all sorts of spits, racks, trivets, pans, kettles, cauldrons and hot plates, all fashioned out of black cast iron.’
    • ‘There are a lot of roasted and grilled meats and in fact pork was roasting on a spit in the corner of the garden.’
    • ‘A fire blazed with a stag roasting on a spit above it, giving off the heavy scent of venison.’
    • ‘His duty to the deity over, he and Miri carved up and roasted the remaining parts of the doe on a spit over the fire.’
    • ‘The food in Iraq is okay, but it mostly involves roasted meat on a spit.’
    • ‘He was just hungry and curious enough to follow his nose and went down a new alley, coming upon an Arab with an eye patch over one eye, cooking a hunk of meat on a spit over a open fire.’
    • ‘They are seasoned with garlic, peppers and oregano, roasted on a spit over a barbecue and then, to the smack of a machete on a chopping board, they are served up with plantains, pumpkin and rice.’
    • ‘Egyptian-style kebabs have chunks of lamb seasoned in onion, marjoram and freshly squeezed lemon juice, and roasted on a spit over an open fire.’
    skewer, brochette, rotisserie
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  • 2A narrow point of land projecting into the sea.

    ‘a narrow spit of land shelters the bay’
    • ‘It was a desolate spit of land with a few trees and thick brush that invited a few adventurous boaters, probably kids looking to get high or have sex, during the summer.’
    • ‘Quick Nick Jones sat in his cabin, poring over maps of large expanses of ocean, dotted with spits of land and islands.’
    • ‘The other principal theory is that Earhart was able to find a tiny spit of land in the Marshall Islands and both Earhart and Noonan survived.’
    • ‘Truckload by truckload, rock by rock, the two spits of land are coming closer together.’
    • ‘This arm cuts off a spit of land about three quarters of a mile 1ong, but at its widest only a few hundred yards across.’
    • ‘At this point a spit of land breaks away from the mainland to become the needle-like peninsula of Baja California.’
    • ‘The boatman beaches us on a spit of land leading up to a stone house surrounded by willows.’
    • ‘In February 1776, smallpox appeared among Dunmore's troops, who had established a precarious camp on a spit of land near Portsmouth, Virginia.’
    • ‘He gestured over to a spit of land with what Doremi could see was a small stone building at its end.’
    • ‘There are two spits of land that jut out toward each other, forming Caldwell's Bay.’
    • ‘The next day, they moved a couple of hundred yards downriver to a blighted spit of land below the Burlington Northern bridge.’
    • ‘Thousands more remain stranded in trees, on rooftops or on shrinking spits of land, sometimes already waist deep in the water.’
    • ‘Check in at the exclusive Leela Goa Hotel, which straddles a narrow spit of land between the Sal River and the Arabian Sea in Mobor.’
    • ‘We had built our base hut on a spit of land near the snout (bottom end) of a huge glacier.’
    • ‘Death Tower rested on a floating island, high above an evil spit of land, in the distant southwest corner of the world.’
    • ‘In reality this is more of a spit of land than an island, and it was slightly disappointing to find that the causeway wouldn't even be covered until the end of the week.’
    • ‘A pleasant way to embark on a morning's birding at Okhla is to start off on the spits of land extending into the river near Kalindi Kunj, from where you may get a nice look at the fabled flamingos.’
    • ‘Consider Orford Ness, a lonely spit of land that was once the site of military tests and is now owned by the National Trust.’
    • ‘After lunch we headed for Varadero, a spit of land 50 miles east of Havana that had been turned into a more chilled and friendlier version of Miami Beach.’
    • ‘Built on a narrow spit of land dividing Otter Lake from Goulding Lake, the cabin proved to be the perfect base.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Put a spit through (meat) in order to roast it over an open fire.

    ‘I spitted the squirrel meat and turned it over the flames’
    • ‘Some minutes later, once the squirrels were spitted and roasting near the flames, Arun began his first ‘lesson.’’
    • ‘She spitted the last of the suckling pig that she and Wolf had eaten the night before, and set it rotating above the strong blaze.’
    • ‘Nearby, the fire I had started had died down to a glowing bank of coals, the skinned carcasses of the rabbits lying nearby: ready to be spitted and cooked.’
    • ‘After this, they are spitted on sharp wooden spits, and hung up in a chimney, built for that purpose, at such distances, that the smoke may have free access to them all.’
    • ‘Never mind that Kente, get to the fire, and spit those two geese you shot yesterday.’
    • ‘Fire, the most basic source of radiant heat, has been known to man for many thousands of years, and was probably used to roast meat spitted on green wood far back into prehistory.’
    • ‘Horsemeat was spitted and roasted rather like a kebab.’
    • ‘But when they had burned the thigh pieces and tasted the vitals, they cut all the remainder into pieces and spitted them.’
    • ‘An old woman churns butter, while a woman in the foreground prepares a fowl for roasting and a third man spits a chicken at the far right.’
    • ‘The pieces of meat are spitted on green twigs, which are stuck into the ground in front of a blazing log.’

Origin

Old English spitu, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch spit and German Spiess.

Pronunciation

spit

/spɪt//spit/

Main definitions of spit in English

: spit1spit2spit3

spit3

noun

  • A layer of earth whose depth is equal to the length of the blade of a spade.

    ‘break up the top spit with a fork’

Origin

Early 16th century: from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German; probably related to spit.

Pronunciation

spit

/spɪt//spit/