Spat or spitted

Grammarist

spit is a stick which holds meat or other items over a fire, usually to allow the food to turn while it is roasted. Spit is also another word for saliva or the fluid made by one’s mouth. It can also be a small bit of land which leads into a body of water.

To spit is to propel something (usually saliva) from your mouth or to put something on a spit (i.e., impale).

If you put something on a spit this morning, you spitted it, you can also be spitting a pig for dinner.

If you ejected saliva from your mouth this morning, you spat. Or you could say you spit. A person could be spitting on the sidewalk right now.

Other definitions of spit include lighting something on fire, when it rains or snows lightly but strongly, or to make a spitting noise.

Something can be the spitting image of something else if it looks just like it.

spat can also be a small fight or tiff between two people or groups.

Examples

Back in April, a man allegedly pushed and spat on a 15-year-old Muslim girl while calling her a terrorist aboard a City bus. [Huffington Post]

Panic broke out after the woman exited a northbound train at the White Rock Station and was sick on the platform, leading the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system to close the station as a precaution. However authorities have now said that, contrary to reports, the woman was not on a watch list of potential people exposed to the virus and had only spat on the platform. [Daily Mail]

It rankled at his heart that he should die, spitted on a Kargish lance, while still a boy: that he should go into the dark land without ever having known his own name, his true name as a man. [Wall Street Journal]

The meal will include meat pasties, cheese and pickles, spitted pork loin, sautéed apples and sweet potatoes, and cherry preserves over fry bread. [Southern Maryland News Net]

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