spat

Definitions

Aviation

  • noun a streamlined covering for a wheel fitted on a light aircraft to reduce drag.

Construction

Military

  • noun a garment of fabric, which is worn over your ankle and lower leg and extends over the upper part of the shoe or boot, in order to keep your trousers dry and to prevent small stones and other objects going into your boots

Origin & History of “spat”

English has three words spat (not counting the past form of spit). The oldest, ‘young of an oyster or similar shellfish’ (17th c.), comes from Anglo-Norman spat, but the origins of that are unknown. Spat ‘shoe covering’ (19th c.) is short for the earlier spatterdash (17th c.). this was a compound formed from spatter (16th c.) (a word based ultimately on the sound of spattering) and dash (used here in the now archaic sense ‘splash violently’). Spat ‘tiff’ (19th c.) originated in the USA, but its ancestry is not known.
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