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spat (root: spit)

Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Noun spat has 3 senses

Verb spat has 7 senses


     imp. of Spit.  [1913 Webster]
spatn. [From the root of spit; hence, literally, that which is ejected.].
     A young oyster or other bivalve mollusk, both before and after it first becomes adherent, or such young, collectively.  [1913 Webster]
spatv. i. & t. 
     To emit spawn; to emit, as spawn.  [1913 Webster]
spatn. [Cf. Pat.].
  •  A light blow with something flat.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Hence, a petty combat, esp. a verbal one; a little quarrel, dispute, or dissension.  [1913 Webster]
spatv. i. 
     To dispute.  Smart.  [1913 Webster]
spatv. t. 
     To slap, as with the open hand; to clap together; as the hands.  [1913 Webster]
    "Little Isabel leaped up and down, spatting her hands."  [1913 Webster]
spatn. [Short for Spatterdash.].
  •  A legging; a gaiter.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  A kind of short cloth or leather gaiter worn over the upper part of the shoe and fastened beneath the instep; -- chiefly in pl.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


spat, past and past part. of SPIT.

spat, n.
1 (usu. in pl.) hist. a short cloth gaiter protecting the shoe from mud etc.
2 a cover for an aircraft wheel.

spat, n. & v. US colloq.
1 a petty quarrel.
2 a slight amount.
--v.intr. (spatted, spatting) quarrel pettily.

spat, n. & v.
--n. the spawn of shellfish, esp. the oyster.
--v. (spatted, spatting)
1 intr. (of an oyster) spawn.
2 tr. shed (spawn).

AF, of unkn. orig.



altercate, altercation, argument, beef, bicker, bickering, blood feud, box, brawl, broil, brood, buffet, burst, caterwaul, chop, clutch, contention, controversy, differ, dispute, donnybrook, donnybrook fair, embroilment, fall, falling-out, farrow, feud, fight, flite, fliting, fracas, fry, fuss, get, hassle, hatch, have words, imbroglio, join issue, litter, logomachy, miff, nest, open quarrel, paste, polemic, punch, quarrel, set to, sharp words, slanging match, slap, smack, snarl, spar, spawn, squabble, strife, swack, tiff, tussle, vendetta, words, wrangle, young




N discord, disagreement, discord, disaccord, dissidence, dissonance, jar, clash, shock, jarring, jostling, screw loose, variance, difference, dissension, misunderstanding, cross purposes, odds, brouillerie, division, split, rupture, disruption, division in the camp, house divided against itself, disunion, breach, schism, feud, faction, quarrel, dispute, tiff, tracasserie, squabble, altercation, barney, demel_e, snarl, spat, towrow, words, high words, wrangling, jangle, brabble, cross questions and crooked answers, snip-snap, family jars, polemics, litigation, strife, warfare, outbreak, open rupture, declaration of war, broil, brawl, row, racket, hubbub, rixation, embroilment, embranglement, imbroglio, fracas, breach of the peace, piece of work, scrimmage, rumpus, breeze, squall, riot, disturbance, commotion, bear garden, Donnybrook, Donnybrook Fair, subject of dispute, ground of quarrel, battle ground, disputed point, bone of contention, bone to pick, apple of discord, casus belli, question at issue, vexed question, vexata quaestio, brand of discord, troublous times, cat-and-dog life, contentiousness, enmity, hate, Kilkenny cats, disputant, strange bedfellows, discordant, disagreeing, out of tune, ajar, on bad terms, dissentient, unreconciled, unpacified, contentious, quarrelsome, unpacific, gladiatorial, controversial, polemic, disputatious, factious, litigious, litigant, pettifogging, at odds, at loggerheads, at daggers drawn, at variance, at issue, at cross purposes, at sixes and sevens, at feud, at high words, up in arms, together by the ears, in hot water, embroiled, torn, disunited, quot homines tot sententiae, no love lost between them, non nostrum tantas componere lites, Mars gravior sub pace latet, discord, discordance, dissonance, cacophony, want of harmony, caterwauling, harshness, Babel, Dutch concert, cat's concert, marrowbones and cleavers, discordant, dissonant, absonant, out of tune, tuneless, unmusical, untunable, unmelodious, immelodious, unharmonious, inharmonious, singsong, cacophonous, harsh, jarring.


N posterity, progeny, breed, issue, offspring, brood, litter, seed, farrow, spawn, spat, family, grandchildren, heirs, great-grandchild, child, son, daughter, butcha, bantling, scion, acrospire, plumule, shoot, sprout, olive-branch, sprit, branch, off-shoot, off- set, ramification, descendant, heir, heiress, heir-apparent, heir- presumptive, chip off the old block, heredity, rising generation, straight descent, sonship, line, lineage, filiation, primogeniture, filial, diphyletic, the child is father of the man, the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree, like father, like son.

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