spit

To spit is to propel saliva—which is also called spit—from your mouth. Generally speaking, it's rude to spit, particularly if you're at a fancy dinner party.

There are some parts of the world where it's socially acceptable to spit in public, and it was once accepted in most of the West too. During the Middle Ages, Western Europeans found it less polite to "suck back" spit than to, well, spit. And spittoons, receptacles for spitting in, were common until the early 20th century, when the influenza epidemic and public health campaigns about tuberculosis greatly reduced public spitting.

Primary Meanings of spit

1.
nv
the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)
expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth
2.
nv
a skewer for holding meat over a fire
drive a skewer through
Full Definitions of spit
1

n the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)

Synonyms:
expectoration, spitting
Type of:
ejection, expulsion, forcing out, projection
the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting

n a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches

Synonyms:
saliva, spittle
Types:
dribble, drivel, drool, slobber
saliva spilling from the mouth
tobacco juice
saliva colored brown by tobacco (snuff or chewing tobacco)
Type of:
secretion
a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell

v expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth

“The father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer”
Synonyms:
ptyalise, ptyalize, spew, spue
Type of:
cough out, cough up, expectorate, spit out, spit up
discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth

v utter with anger or contempt

Synonyms:
spit out
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v rain gently

Synonyms:
patter, pitter-patter, spatter, sprinkle
Type of:
rain, rain down
precipitate as rain
2

n a skewer for holding meat over a fire

Types:
brochette
a small spit or skewer
turnspit
a roasting spit that can be turned
Type of:
skewer
a long pin for holding meat in position while it is being roasted

n a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea

Synonyms:
tongue
Type of:
cape, ness
a strip of land projecting into a body of water

v drive a skewer through

Synonyms:
skewer
Type of:
pin
pierce with a pin

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