spittle

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈspɪ.t(ə)l/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪtəl

Etymology 1[edit]

Alteration of dialectal spattle (by association with spit (noun)), from Old English spātl, which is related to spǣtan (whence spit (verb)).

Noun[edit]

spittle (countable and uncountable, plural spittles)

  1. Spit, usually frothy and of a milky coloration.
  2. Something frothy and white that resembles spit.
  3. Spit-up or drool of an infant.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

spittle (countable and uncountable, plural spittles)

  1. (now archaic) Alternative form of spital
    • (Can we date this quote?), George Herbert, The Thanksgiving:
      I'll build a spittle, or mend common ways []

Etymology 3[edit]

Representing a frequentative form of spit (a spade's depth), equivalent to spit +‎ -le.

Noun[edit]

spittle (countable and uncountable, plural spittles)

  1. A small sort of spade.

Verb[edit]

spittle (third-person singular simple present spittles, present participle spittling, simple past and past participle spittled)

  1. To dig or stir with a small spade.

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