There are 4 main definitions of spat in English:

spat1

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Pronunciation: /spat
 
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Past and past participle of spit1.

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There are 4 main definitions of spat in English:

spat2

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Pronunciation: /spat
 
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noun

1 (usually spats) historical A short cloth gaiter covering the instep and ankle.
More example sentences
  • His father was dressed in a rubber macintosh, with thick domestic gloves, spats, and a trilby hat.
  • Flustered, the blonde boy untied his spats, and took off one of his sock-shoes, sort of hopping around on one foot while doing so.
  • You can also take off those spats and gauntlets.
2A cover for the upper part of an aircraft wheel.

Origin

early 19th century: abbreviation of spatterdash.

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There are 4 main definitions of spat in English:

spat3

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Pronunciation: /spat
 
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informal

noun

A quarrel about an unimportant matter: when we had our little spats, he had only to smile to get back on the right side of me
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  • Almost immediately they run into a pointless spat with local tough guys that spirals into a violent feud.
  • They're typical brothers, so they get into these little spats with each other sometimes, and they separate them.
  • Soon after we met, Slater was in the papers again after his wife allegedly broke a glass over his head during a violent spat.

verb (spats, spatting, spatted)

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Quarrel about an unimportant matter: people expected him and his wife to spat continually
More example sentences
  • The latest trouble to hit Airbus involves a transatlantic spat over aircraft subsidies.

Origin

early 19th century (originally a US colloquial usage): probably imitative.

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There are 4 main definitions of spat in English:

spat4

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Pronunciation: /spat
 
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noun

[mass noun]
The spawn or larvae of shellfish, especially oysters: oyster larvae attach themselves as spat to old shells

Origin

mid 17th century: from Anglo-Norman French, of unknown ultimate origin.

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