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splutter

[spluht-er] /ˈsplʌt ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to talk rapidly and somewhat incoherently, as when confused, excited, or embarrassed:
When pushed for an explanation, he always spluttered.
2.
to make a sputtering sound, or emit particles of something explosively, as water dropped onto a hot griddle.
3.
to fly or fall in particles or drops; spatter, as a liquid.
verb (used with object)
4.
to utter hastily and confusedly or incoherently; sputter:
Out of breath, she spluttered a poor excuse for her lateness.
5.
to spatter (a liquid, small particles, etc.).
6.
to bespatter (someone or something).
noun
7.
spluttering utterance or talk; noise or fuss.
8.
a sputtering or spattering, as of liquid.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; blend of splash and sputter
Related forms
splutterer, noun
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Examples from the web for splutter
  • The little one on the bed was forgotten until he began to fuss and splutter.
  • There was a pop and a splutter of blue flame and a snort from the king.
  • They enjoyed immensely the lively splutter between the lawyers.
  • Tho lamp paled, and with a final splutter wont out altogether.
British Dictionary definitions for splutter

splutter

/ˈsplʌtə/
verb
1.
to spit out (saliva, food particles, etc) from the mouth in an explosive manner, as through choking or laughing
2.
to utter (words) with spitting sounds, as through rage or choking
3.
Also sputter. to eject or be ejected in an explosive manner: sparks spluttered from the fire
4.
(transitive) to bespatter (a person) with tiny particles explosively ejected: he spluttered the boy next to him with ink
noun
5.
the process or noise of spluttering
6.
spluttering incoherent speech, esp in argument
7.
anything ejected through spluttering
Derived Forms
splutterer, noun
Word Origin
C17: variant of sputter, influenced by splash
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Word Origin and History for splutter
n.

1670s, perhaps a variant of sputter, intensified by the consonant cluster of splash, splatter, etc.

v.

1728, from splutter (n.). Related: Spluttered; spluttering.

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