verb (used with object), spilled or spilt, spill·ing.
- to let the wind out of (a sail).
- to lose (wind) from a sail.
verb (used without object), spilled or spilt, spill·ing.
Idioms for spill
Origin of spill1
OTHER WORDS FROM spillspill·a·ble, adjective, noun non·spill·a·ble, adjective un·spilled, adjective
Words nearby spill
Definition for spill (2 of 2)
Origin of spill2
Example sentences from the Web for spill
A new paper outlines five steps required for a virus to ‘spill over’ from bats to humans.Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved |Carrie Arnold |November 12, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
Since the spill, the number of unemployed residents in Louisiana and Alabama has only increased.Deepwater Horizon: Life Drowning in Oil |Samuel Fragoso |November 2, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
Bewildered adolescents, many of them accompanied by equally confused guardians, spill out into the hallway.The Border Kid Crisis Hits the Courts |Caitlin Dickson |September 19, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
Nor is it the way the gunman manages not to spill a drop of the drink in his other hand as he commits all this savagery.Bronx Gunman Shot His Friend, Didn’t Spill His Drink |Michael Daly |August 5, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
Zaun, who was starting to look like the favorite, took the stage to cheers and vowed “I will spill my blood to save the unborn.”The Bizarro World Of Iowa’s GOP Convention |Ben Jacobs |June 23, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
Twenty-year thrills more readily than forty-year, just as forty-year is more reluctant to take a chance at a spill.Down the Yellowstone |Lewis R. Freeman
He had taken a leaf of the raw tobacco and adding a pinch for filler was trying to twist the spill.Where the Pavement Ends |John Russell
"It will last until bedtime," she announced, and lit it with a spill of paper.The Doomsman |Van Tassel Sutphen
The cloth stained with blood, that we should not hesitate to spill ours for the good of Masonry.The Mysteries of Free Masonry |William Morgan
He goes around holding one hand in the other as if he were afraid he'd spill it!Quin |Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for spill (1 of 2)
verb spills, spilling, spilt or spilled (mainly tr)
Derived forms of spillspiller, noun
Word Origin for spill
British Dictionary definitions for spill (2 of 2)
Word Origin for spill
Idioms and Phrases with spill
In addition to the idiom beginning with spill
- spill the beans
- shed (spill) blood
- take a spill