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spat 1

 (spăt)
v.
A past tense and a past participle of spit1.

spat 2

 (spăt)
n. pl. spat or spats
A larva of an oyster or similar bivalve that has settled by attaching to a surface.

[Middle English.]

spat 3

 (spăt)
n.
A cloth or leather gaiter covering the shoe upper and the ankle and fastening under the shoe with a strap: The waiter wore spats as part of his uniform.

[Short for spatterdash : spatter + dash.]

spat 4

 (spăt)
n.
1. A brief quarrel.
2. Informal A slap or smack.
3. A spattering sound, as of raindrops.
v. spat·ted, spat·ting, spats
v.intr.
1. To engage in a brief quarrel.
2. To strike with a light spattering sound; slap.
v.tr. Informal
To slap.

[Origin unknown.]

spat

(spæt)
n
1. rare a slap or smack
2. a slight quarrel
vb, spats, spatting or spatted
3. rare to slap (someone)
4. (intr) US and Canadian and NZ to have a slight quarrel
[C19: probably imitative of the sound of quarrelling]

spat

(spæt)
vb
a past tense and past participle of spit1

spat

(spæt)
n
(Clothing & Fashion) another name for gaiter2
[C19: short for spatterdash]

spat

(spæt)
n
1. (Zoology) a larval oyster or similar bivalve mollusc, esp when it settles to the sea bottom and starts to develop a shell
2. (Zoology) such oysters or other molluscs collectively
[C17: from Anglo-Norman spat; perhaps related to spit1]

spat1

(spæt)

n., v. spat•ted, spat•ting. n.
1. a petty quarrel.
2. a light blow; slap; smack.
v.i.
3. to engage in a petty quarrel or dispute.
4. to splash or spatter.
[1795–1805, Amer.; perhaps imitative]

spat2

(spæt)

v.
a pt. and pp. of spit 1.

spat3

(spæt)

n.
a short gaiter worn over the instep and usu. fastened under the foot with a strap.
[1795–1805; short for spatterdash gaiter]

spat4

(spæt)

n.
1. the spawn of an oyster or similar shellfish.
2. young oysters collectively.
3. a young oyster.
[1350–1400; Middle English; orig. uncertain]

spat


Past participle: spatted
Gerund: spatting

Imperative
spat
spat
Present
I spat
you spat
he/she/it spats
we spat
you spat
they spat
Preterite
I spatted
you spatted
he/she/it spatted
we spatted
you spatted
they spatted
Present Continuous
I am spatting
you are spatting
he/she/it is spatting
we are spatting
you are spatting
they are spatting
Present Perfect
I have spatted
you have spatted
he/she/it has spatted
we have spatted
you have spatted
they have spatted
Past Continuous
I was spatting
you were spatting
he/she/it was spatting
we were spatting
you were spatting
they were spatting
Past Perfect
I had spatted
you had spatted
he/she/it had spatted
we had spatted
you had spatted
they had spatted
Future
I will spat
you will spat
he/she/it will spat
we will spat
you will spat
they will spat
Future Perfect
I will have spatted
you will have spatted
he/she/it will have spatted
we will have spatted
you will have spatted
they will have spatted
Future Continuous
I will be spatting
you will be spatting
he/she/it will be spatting
we will be spatting
you will be spatting
they will be spatting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been spatting
you have been spatting
he/she/it has been spatting
we have been spatting
you have been spatting
they have been spatting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been spatting
you will have been spatting
he/she/it will have been spatting
we will have been spatting
you will have been spatting
they will have been spatting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been spatting
you had been spatting
he/she/it had been spatting
we had been spatting
you had been spatting
they had been spatting
Conditional
I would spat
you would spat
he/she/it would spat
we would spat
you would spat
they would spat
Past Conditional
I would have spatted
you would have spatted
he/she/it would have spatted
we would have spatted
you would have spatted
they would have spatted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spat - a quarrel about petty pointsspat - a quarrel about petty points  
dustup, quarrel, run-in, wrangle, row, words - an angry dispute; "they had a quarrel"; "they had words"
2.spat - a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and anklesspat - a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles
leg covering, legging, leging - a garment covering the leg (usually extending from the knee to the ankle)
3.spat - a young oyster or other bivalve
young, offspring - any immature animal
Verb1.spat - come down like raindrops; "Bullets were spatting down on us"
come down, precipitate, fall - fall from clouds; "rain, snow and sleet were falling"; "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"
2.spat - become permanently attached; "mollusks or oysters spat"
attach - become attached; "The spider's thread attached to the window sill"
3.spat - strike with a sound like that of falling rain; "Bullets were spatting the leaves"
collide with, impinge on, hit, run into, strike - hit against; come into sudden contact with; "The car hit a tree"; "He struck the table with his elbow"
4.spat - clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approvalspat - clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
bravo - applaud with shouts of `bravo' or `brava'
gesticulate, gesture, motion - show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his desire to leave"
5.spat - engage in a brief and petty quarrel
altercate, argufy, quarrel, scrap, dispute - have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These two fellows are always scrapping over something"
6.spat - spawn; "oysters spat"
spawn - lay spawn; "The salmon swims upstream to spawn"
7.spat - clap one's hands together; "The children were clapping to the music"
gesticulate, gesture, motion - show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his desire to leave"

spat

noun quarrel, dispute, squabble, controversy, contention, bickering, tiff, altercation, turf war (informal) a spat over interest rates and currencies

spat

noun
1. A discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed:
Informal: hassle, rhubarb, tangle.
2. Informal. A quick, sharp blow, especially with the hand:
Informal: clip.
verb
2. Informal. To hit with a quick, sharp blow of the hand:
Informal: clip.
Translations

spat

2 [spæt] N (= overshoe) → polaina f

spat

3 [spæt] (US)
A. Nriña f, disputa f (sin trascendencia)
B. VIreñir

spat

4 [spæt] N (= oyster) → freza f; [of oysters] → hueva f de ostras

spat

[ˈspæt]
pt
pp of spit
n
(= quarrel) → prise f de bec
(worn over shoe)guêtre f

spat

1
n (of oyster etc)Muschellaich m
vi (oyster etc)laichen

spat

2
nHalbgamasche f

spat

3
n (inf: = quarrel) → Knatsch m (inf), → Krach m (inf)
vi (US inf: = quarrel) → zanken, streiten

spat

2 [spæt] n (Am) → battibecco

spat

pret & pp de spit
References in classic literature ?
And the leopards, bitter-wise of the taste of the iron, remained crouched, although they still spat and whipped their tails angrily.
At this the robber ran back as fast as he could to his comrades, and told the captain how a horrid witch had got into the house, and had spat at him and scratched his face with her long bony fingers; how a man with a knife in his hand had hidden himself behind the door, and stabbed him in the leg; how a black monster stood in the yard and struck him with a club, and how the devil had sat upon the top of the house and cried out, 'Throw the rascal up here
He continued his walk, but he had scarcely gone a hundred paces, when a furious fellow, leaning between two soldiers, spat in the king's face, as once an infamous and accursed Jew spit in the face of Jesus of Nazareth.
But when the cowardly insulter spat in the face of the captive monarch Athos grasped his dagger.
He looked across at me, and his eye appraised my watch-chain, and then he incidentally spat and said something to the other convict, and they laughed and slued themselves round with a clink of their coupling manacle, and looked at something else.
There were no more spats and squabbles, no more tiny rages nor attempts at growling; while the adventures toward the far white wall ceased altogether.
They are only fitted to a person who has already spat or who threatens to spit.
On the goalie's tackle, Burgh boss Calvin Shand said: "Their player spat in his face two minutes earlier when he slid out for the ball.
Craig Leathard: "As a charge nurse on A&E and having had the displeasure of amongst other things being spat in the face while trying to help people I'd support their use by the police in certain circumstances.
The officers had been tasked with collecting a suspect from colleagues who had already covered his head with the pillow case when he spat at them inside a Wolverhampton flat in 2013.
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Lomaiviti fisheries officer Tomasi Peckham said that officers from the Department haddeployed spat collectors in the island of Gau earlier this year and found that all spat lines had attracted oysters.