[ bih-spat-er ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to soil by spattering; splash with water, dirt, etc.

  2. to slander or libel: a reputation bespattered by malicious gossip.

Origin of bespatter

First recorded in 1635–45; be- + spatter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bespatter in a sentence

  • Beneath the wagon, invisible at first, trotted a mud-bespattered yellow pup.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
  • Instantly a shower of water bespattered Napoleon's face and clothing, and drenched the papers on the table.

    Napoleon's Young Neighbor | Helen Leah Reed
  • The ground beneath them was bespattered with narcissi and anemones, the very olive trees looked gay.

    The Making of a Saint | William Somerset Maugham
  • Windows crashed, portions of egg bespattered many, several persons were struck by missiles, and a great hubbub was created.

    Around Old Bethany | Robert Lee Berry
  • The cook, at a sign from Breckenridge, went down, and came back by and by with a man in bespattered blue uniform.

    The Cattle-Baron's Daughter | Harold Bindloss

British Dictionary definitions for bespatter


/ (bɪˈspætə) /

  1. to splash all over, as with dirty water

  2. to defile; slander; besmirch

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