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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.]

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spat3

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 ?
Wash Williams spat forth a succession of vile oaths.
Some ran furiously to the water's edge, beating the air with frantic gestures, while others spat upon the element, to resent the supposed treason it had committed against their acknowledged rights as conquerors.
As they narrated to each other their unholy adventures, their tales of terror told in words of mirth; as their uncivilized laughter forked upwards out of them, like the flames from the furnace; as to and fro, in their front, the harpooneers wildly gesticulated with their huge pronged forks and dippers; as the wind howled on, and the sea leaped, and the ship groaned and dived, and yet steadfastly shot her red hell further and further into the blackness of the sea and the night, and scornfully champed the white bone in her mouth, and viciously spat round her on all sides; then the rushing Pequod, freighted with savages, and laden with fire, and burning a corpse, and plunging into that blackness of darkness, seemed the material counterpart of her monomaniac commander's soul.
This was a little spat between the twins; not much of a spat, but still a spat; and before they got far with it, they were in a decided condition of irritation while pretending to be actuated by more respectable motives.
If all these people came in a body and spat at me, what would you do, Jane?
I spat out, and affirmed it tasted detestably - I would not take it on any account.
The resemblance was not lessened by the accidental circumstance, that the mature Jerry bit and spat out straw, while the twinkling eyes of the youthful Jerry were as restlessly watchful of him as of everything else in Fleet-street.
I asked, recoiling from the brute, as Wemmick spat upon his eyebrow and gave it a rub with his sleeve.
He gave a few puffs before he spat and replied, "And they wouldn't be fur wrong, John.
Moreover, the chief said that he and his people defied Dingaan and the Zulus, as their fathers had defied Chaka before him, and spat upon his name, and that no maid of theirs should go to be the wife of a Zulu dog.
Tom Kitten bit and spat, and mewed and wriggled; and the rolling-pin went roly- poly, roly; roly, poly, roly.
When eleven o'clock came, Don Quixote found a guitar in his chamber; he tried it, opened the window, and perceived that some persons were walking in the garden; and having passed his fingers over the frets of the guitar and tuned it as well as he could, he spat and cleared his chest, and then with a voice a little hoarse but full-toned, he sang the following ballad, which he had himself that day composed: