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[splat-er] /ˈsplæt ər/
verb (used with or without object)
to splash and scatter upon impact:
The paint splattered when I dropped the bucket.
an act or instance of splattering.
the quantity splattered:
to wipe up a splatter of ketchup on the rug.
characterized by gory imagery:
splatter films.
Origin of splatter
1775-85; blend of splash and spatter
Related forms
unsplattered, adjective Unabridged
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  • Shells from hostile batteries were beginning to splatter down just beyond.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
  • Overhead, a splatter of rain pinged on the tin roof of the cabin.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
  • There is a hole, and there is a splatter and a change of the line.

  • Only when alone under that splatter of stars did he feel the moment big with more than a mere release from textbooks.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • A few of them, however—just a splatter—did fall on his fish, but it didn't matter as it was a salt fish anyway.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • In the background the moon glinted in derision, and directly overhead was a splatter of callous stars.

    Eden Edgar Saltus
  • This is known as "splatter work," and consists of sprinkling minute dots of the black drawing fluid wherever required.

    A Handbook of Illustration A. Horsley Hinton
British Dictionary definitions for splatter


to splash with small blobs; spatter
a splash of liquid, mud, etc
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Contemporary definitions for splatter
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Word Origin and History for splatter

1784, but earlier in splatterdash (1772), perhaps a blend of spatter and splash.

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