spat

You probably recognize the word spat from the phrase "lover's spat," which describes a minor squabble between a couple. The spat is usually over something as silly as which partner has to do the laundry, and the relationship usually recovers quickly, with no long-term harm done.

For the purposes of this definition, the noun spat refers to a minor argument or mild bickering. That is the definition by which spat is probably best known, but the word has other meanings. Depending on how you use spat, it can be the past participle of spit, the short piece of leather men wore over their shoes in the old days, or an oyster that hasn't quite reached its prime.

Definitions of spat
  1. noun
    a quarrel about petty points
  2. verb
    engage in a brief and petty quarrel
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    altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap
    have a disagreement over something
  3. noun
    a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles
    synonyms: gaiter
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    type of:
    leg covering, legging, leging
    a garment covering the leg (usually extending from the knee to the ankle)
  4. noun
    a young oyster or other bivalve
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    offspring, young
    any immature animal
  5. verb
    spawn
    “oysters spat
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    type of:
    spawn
    lay spawn
  6. verb
    come down like raindrops
    “Bullets were spatting down on us”
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    type of:
    come down, fall, precipitate
    fall from clouds
  7. verb
    strike with a sound like that of falling rain
    “Bullets were spatting the leaves”
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    type of:
    collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike
    hit against; come into sudden contact with
  8. verb
    clap one's hands together
    synonyms: clap
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    type of:
    gesticulate, gesture, motion
    show, express or direct through movement
  9. verb
    clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
    synonyms: acclaim, applaud, clap
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    Antonyms:
    boo, hiss
    show displeasure, as after a performance or speech
    types:
    bravo
    applaud with shouts of `bravo' or `brava'
    type of:
    gesticulate, gesture, motion
    show, express or direct through movement
  10. verb
    become permanently attached
    “mollusks or oysters spat
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    type of:
    attach
    become attached
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