There are 4 definitions of spat in English:

spat1

Syllabification: spat
Pronunciation: /spat
 
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  • past and past participle of spit1.

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There are 4 definitions of spat in English:

spat2

Syllabification: spat
Pronunciation: /
 
spat/

noun

  • 1 (usually spats) • historical A short cloth gaiter covering the instep and ankle.
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    • 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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spat3

Syllabification: spat
Pronunciation: /
 
spat/
informal

noun

  • A petty quarrel.
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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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  • 1Quarrel pettily.
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    • The latest trouble to hit Airbus involves a transatlantic spat over aircraft subsidies.
  • 1.1 [with object] Slap lightly: I spatted your hands when you were naughty
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    • Irritated by what she considered backbiting, Inger spatted Ben's hand and turned a cold shoulder to him.
    • Kyr spatted the hand that slid toward the plate.

Origin

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

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spat4

Syllabification: spat
Pronunciation: /
 
spat/

noun

  • The spawn or larvae of shellfish, especially oysters.

Origin

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

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