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spatter

[spat-er] /ˈspæt ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to scatter or dash in small particles or drops:
The dog spattered mud on everyone when he shook himself.
2.
to splash with something in small particles:
to spatter the ground with water.
3.
to sprinkle or spot with something that soils or stains.
verb (used without object)
4.
to send out small particles or drops, as falling water:
rain spattering on a tin roof.
5.
to strike a surface in or as in a shower, as bullets.
noun
6.
the act or the sound of spattering:
the spatter of rain on a roof.
7.
a splash or spot of something spattered.
Origin of spatter
1575-1585
1575-85; perhaps < Dutch spatt(en) to splash + -er6; compare Dutch spatterig literally, spattery
Related forms
spatteringly, adverb
unspattered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for spattered
Historical Examples
  • The left arm of your jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven places.

  • Some of them spattered the ends of their noses with black chocolate.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
  • His helmet was spattered inside with the blood that trickled from his ears, owing to the enormous pressure of the sea.

    Caleb West, Master Diver F. Hopkinson Smith
  • They are black, brown, or yellow; but all spotted and spattered with red—with blood!

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • On Mr. Jacobuss verandah lay a spattered circle of shining grains of rice.

    Short Sixes H. C. Bunner
  • Everybody knew it, because it was daubed and spattered with paint.

    Winning His Way Charles Carleton Coffin
  • His shirt, too, and his trim-fitting trousers were dirty and spattered with gore.

    Bat Wing Bowles Dane Coolidge
  • His sheets, his curtains, and even the walls, were spattered with red.

  • Ross sheltered his torch with his body as spray, driven inward from the sea, spattered his shoulders and his back.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • His suit of buff was torn and stained, and his great-boots were spattered with mud.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for spattered

spatter

/ˈspætə/
verb
1.
to scatter or splash (a substance, esp a liquid) or (of a substance) to splash (something) in scattered drops: to spatter mud on the car, mud spattered in her face
2.
(transitive) to sprinkle, cover, or spot (with a liquid)
3.
(transitive) to slander or defame
4.
(intransitive) to shower or rain down: bullets spattered around them
noun
5.
the sound of something spattering
6.
something spattered, such as a spot or splash
7.
the act or an instance of spattering
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin; related to Low German, Dutch spatten to spout, Frisian spatteren to splash
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Word Origin and History for spattered

spatter

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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