bespatter

[bih-spat-er]

verb (used with object)

to soil by spattering; splash with water, dirt, etc.
to slander or libel: a reputation bespattered by malicious gossip.

Nearby words

  1. besot,
  2. besotted,
  3. besought,
  4. bespake,
  5. bespangle,
  6. bespeak,
  7. bespeckle,
  8. bespectacled,
  9. bespoke,
  10. bespoken

Origin of bespatter

First recorded in 1635–45; be- + spatter

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British Dictionary definitions for bespatter

bespatter

verb (tr)

to splash all over, as with dirty water
to defile; slander; besmirch
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Word Origin and History for bespatter

bespatter

v.

1640s, from be- + spatter (v.). Related: Bespattered; bespattering.

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