spat1 / spat/ • past and past participle of spit1 .spat2 • n. 1. (usu. spats) hist. a short cloth gaiter covering the instep and ankle.2. a cover for the upper part of an aircraft wheel.spat3 inf. • n. a petty quarrel.• v. (spat·ted, spat·ting) [intr.] quarrel pettily. ∎ [tr.] slap lightly: I spatted your hands when you were naughty.spat4 • n. the spawn or larvae of shellfish, esp. oysters.
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