verb (used without object)
to talk rapidly and somewhat incoherently, as when confused, excited, or embarrassed: When pushed for an explanation, he always spluttered.
to make a sputtering sound, or emit particles of something explosively, as water dropped onto a hot griddle.
to fly or fall in particles or drops; spatter, as a liquid.
verb (used with object)
to utter hastily and confusedly or incoherently; sputter: Out of breath, she spluttered a poor excuse for her lateness.
to spatter (a liquid, small particles, etc.).
to bespatter (someone or something).
spluttering utterance or talk; noise or fuss.
a sputtering or spattering, as of liquid.

1670–80; blend of splash and sputter

splutterer, noun
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splutter (ˈsplʌtə)
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.  (tr) to bespatter (a person) with tiny particles explosively ejected: he spluttered the boy next to him with ink
5.  the process or noise of spluttering
6.  spluttering incoherent speech, esp in argument
7.  anything ejected through spluttering
[C17: variant of sputter, influenced by splash]

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Word Origin & History

1670s, perhaps a variant of sputter, intensified by the consonant cluster of splash, splatter, etc. The verb is from 1728.
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Example sentences
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.
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