- 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 spattering
There was a spattering of protests across Iran Tuesday, after two major opposition leaders were arrested.Mousavi and Karoubi Arrested: Iran's Ticking Time Bomb
March 1, 2011
In a hole as large as this we might get nothing worse than a spattering of dirt.Fighting in France
I glanced out on the water, and the spattering shot were like a hailstorm.Life On The Mississippi, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Frantically he thrashed there, spattering and floundering in darkness.The Flaming Jewel
Robert W. Chambers
An instant later, the bullets were spattering around us, and we dropped flat.Life in a Tank
Rain-drops, hard as hail, were spattering a pool on her head.Evan Harrington, Complete
- 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 spattering
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.