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English noun: spat

1. spat (communication) a quarrel about petty points

Synonymsbicker, bickering, fuss, pettifoggery, squabble, tiff

Broader (hypernym)dustup, quarrel, row, run-in, words, wrangle

2. spat (artifact) a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles


Broader (hypernym)leg covering, legging, leging

3. spat (animal) a young oyster or other bivalve

Broader (hypernym)offspring, young

Member meronymBivalvia, class Bivalvia, class Lamellibranchia, class Pelecypoda, Lamellibranchia

English verb: spat

1. spat (weather) come down like raindrops

SamplesBullets were spatting down on us.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)come down, fall, precipitate

2. spat (contact) become permanently attached

SamplesMollusks or oysters spat.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)attach

3. spat (contact) strike with a sound like that of falling rain

SamplesBullets were spatting the leaves.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike

4. spat (communication) clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval

Synonymsacclaim, applaud, clap

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion

Narrower (hyponym)bravo

Entailapprove, O.K., okay, sanction

Antonymsboo, hiss

5. spat (communication) engage in a brief and petty quarrel

ExamplesSam and Sue spat, Sam wants to spat with Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap

6. spat (body) spawn

SamplesOysters spat.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)spawn

7. spat (body) clap one's hands together

SamplesThe children were clapping to the music.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion

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