- to scatter or dash in small particles or drops: The dog spattered mud on everyone when he shook himself.
- to splash with something in small particles: to spatter the ground with water.
- to sprinkle or spot with something that soils or stains.
- to send out small particles or drops, as falling water: rain spattering on a tin roof.
- to strike a surface in or as in a shower, as bullets.
- the act or the sound of spattering: the spatter of rain on a roof.
- a splash or spot of something spattered.
Origin of spatter
Examples from the Web for spatter
High sides catch the spatter--you can shallow-fry in a few inches of oil in one of these.The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide
December 13, 2012
It was irregular at the edges, looking in fact like a spatter of silver.Seven Little People and their Friends
Horace Elisha Scudder
Take your pen, old boy, and show us whether you can spatter the ink or not.Desk and Debit
He knew only that Delaney had run, leaving his revolver and a spatter of blood behind him.The Octopus
Neill leaped back in a spatter of bullets that rained round him.A Texas Ranger
William MacLeod Raine
His arid chuckle seemed to strike Hayden like the spatter of hail.The Silver Butterfly
Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
- to scatter or splash (a substance, esp a liquid) or (of a substance) to splash (something) in scattered dropsto spatter mud on the car; mud spattered in her face
- (tr) to sprinkle, cover, or spot (with a liquid)
- (tr) to slander or defame
- (intr) to shower or rain downbullets spattered around them
- the sound of something spattering
- something spattered, such as a spot or splash
- the act or an instance of spattering
Word Origin and History for spatter
1570s (implied in spattering), possibly a frequentative verb from the stem of Dutch or Low German spatten "to spout, burst," of imitative origin. Related: Spattered.