The past simple and the past participle of spit

Conjugation of the verb spit:

Base Form/Infinitive without 'to':


Past Simple:


Past Partciple:


Present Partciple:


Third Person Singular:



To force liquid out of the mouth, often to show hatred or contempt.

Note 1: In American English, the form spit is used as the past tense and past participle.
Note 2: The verb 'spit' has another meaning, namely, to use a spit to cook (as in "the hunter spitted the hare to roast over his campfire.") In this case, the past simple and the past participle form is 'spitted'.


They spat at him and bullied him.
Jane spat in his face.
He spat on the ground and went away.
Looks of disgust directed at someone who has spit on the sidewalk.

Similar verbs

The irregular verbs in the table below have the same pattern as spit. They are:

- Verbs with similar forms in the infinitive, past simple, and past participle.
- Verbs like 'set, set, set'.

Verb Simple past Past Participle
beset beset beset
bet bet bet
broadcast broadcast broadcast
burst burst burst
bust bust/busted bust/busted
cast cast cast
cost cost cost
cut cut cut
fit fit fit
forcast forcast forcast
hit hit hit
hurt hurt hurt
input input/inputted input/inputted
knit knit/knitted knit/knitted
let let let
put put put
quit quit quit
read read read
set set set
shed shed shed
shut shut shut
slit slit slit
spit spat/spit spat/spit
split split split
spread spread spread
sublet sublet sublet
thrust thrust thrust
undercut undercut undercut
upset upset upset