Past Tense Of Spit: Spat or Spitted? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Spit?

English, with over 200 irregular verbs, not just the verb rise and the verb weave, can freak you out! Now, get ready to equip yourself with a new verb: spit. 

The past tense for spit: SPAT or SPIT. You can spell it S-P-A-T or S-P-I-T. And its past participle tense is also SPAT or SPIT.

Of note, the past tense form SPAT is more prevalent in British English. Meanwhile, the past tense form SPIT is widely used in North America. 

Let this table shows you the spit past tense and other tense forms:

Base/Infinitive Form (V1) spit
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form spits
Past Form (V2) spit/spat
Past Participle Form (V3) spit/spat
Present Participle/Gerund spitting

Here is a quick summary for you:

How To Pronounce Spit Past Tense Precisely?

For the accurate pronunciation of “spit” and its irregular forms, we’ve rounded up the details with the help of the Oxford Online Dictionary. Take a glimpse at this table:

Form of word


British English

American English
spit /spɪt/



/spɪts/ /spɪts/
spat(v2+v3) /spæt/



/spɪt/ /spɪt/
spitting /ˈspɪtɪŋ/


How About The Spit Definitions?

For the core meanings of spit, check this list below that we compiled from the Oxford Online Dictionary:

  1. To force food, liquid, etc., out of someone’s mouth.

2. To force saliva out of someone’s mouth, often as a sign of lack of respect or anger.

3. To say something angrily or aggressively or to tell a secret.

4. To create an angry sound.

5. To make noise and throw out sparks, fat, etc.

6. To rain.

Regular Past-tense Form Of Spit: Vocabulary Quiz

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Past Tense Of Spit

Go for the homework sections with 5 quick exercises. Take your time and think through before choosing the answer:

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  1. He ………. a bit when he was speaking, making Carrie frightened the moment she would have to shake hands.

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2. The volcano began rumbling and ………… ash on July 3.

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3. She ………… into the sink, then threw down her toothbrush.

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4. Bill is leaning on the cab, …………. at his wing mirror, and polishing it using the sleeve.

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5. A pedestrian ……….. on a driver's window, and they began to quarrel.

Your score is

The average score is 49%



Past Participle Of Spit: What Is It? 

The past participle of spit is “spit” or “spat” because it’s an irregular verb. SPAT should be used in British English, while the former is more prevailing in general English language learning. 

How Do You Spell Spit?

It’s straightforward: S-P-I-T. “Spit” can be the base form, the past-tense form, and the past participle. 

Idioms With Spit?

  1. Within spitting distance: Very close.

Example: Our apartment is within spitting distance of the largest commercial center.

  1. Spit blood/venom: To express that you feel angry; To speak angrily.

Example: Anne Bella saw him with eyes that spat venom.

  1. Spit it out: To tell someone to say something when they are unwilling or frightened to speak.

For example: Once you have other ideas, spit them out!

Is Spit A Verb Or A Noun?

Spit is not just a verb; its noun appears with the same structure: SPIT. 

As a noun, it refers to these meanings:

  1. A thin, straight, and long piece of metal that you put through the meat to turn and hold while you cook it over the fire.
  2. A light and long piece of land sticking out into a sea, a lake, and so on.
  3. Spitting food or liquid out of your mouth.
  4. The liquid produced in someone’s mouth.

Had Spat Or Had Spit?

Both are correct. In this sentence, “spit” and “spat” are both the past participle forms of the verb “spit.” 

Is Spat Out A Word?

Yes. “spat” is the regular past tense form of “spit.” Beyond that, “spat” can be a noun with these meanings:

  1. A piece of cloth that covers the ankle, worn in the past by men over the shoe.
  2. A short argument about something unimportant.

What Is The Third-Person Singular Simple Present Indicative Form Of Spit?

Long answer short: It’s SPITS. Example: The raven spits at the cat.