[ spat-er ]
/ ˈspæt ər /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.



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Origin of spatter

1575–85; perhaps <Dutch spatt(en) to splash + -er6; compare Dutch spatterig literally, spattery
spat·ter·ing·ly, adverbun·spat·tered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spatter

/ (ˈspætə) /


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


C16: of imitative origin; related to Low German, Dutch spatten to spout, Frisian spatteren to splash
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