- 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.
- 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.
Origin of splutter
Examples from the Web for splutter
With Ambassador John Negroponte in place, halting dialogues could begin to splutter, and stutter, and stumble.What If the Iraq War Never Happened?
March 20, 2013
There was no sound in the room but the scratch and splutter of his quill.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
Jukes understood the boatswain to splutter that the bridge ladders were gone.Typhoon
There was a little pause, and then came the splutter of a match.Cruel Barbara Allen
David Christie Murray
All had their mouths full when suddenly Codfish began to splutter.The Rover Boys on a Hunt
Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
I watched him gesticulate and get red in the face and foam and splutter.The Winning Clue
James Hay, Jr.
- to spit out (saliva, food particles, etc) from the mouth in an explosive manner, as through choking or laughing
- to utter (words) with spitting sounds, as through rage or choking
- Also: sputter to eject or be ejected in an explosive mannersparks spluttered from the fire
- (tr) to bespatter (a person) with tiny particles explosively ejectedhe spluttered the boy next to him with ink
- the process or noise of spluttering
- spluttering incoherent speech, esp in argument
- anything ejected through spluttering
Word Origin and History for splutter
1670s, perhaps a variant of sputter, intensified by the consonant cluster of splash, splatter, etc.
1728, from splutter (n.). Related: Spluttered; spluttering.