- to scatter or dash in small particles or drops: The dog spattered mud on everyone when he shook himself.
- to splash with something in small particles: to spatter the ground with water.
- to sprinkle or spot with something that soils or stains.
- 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.
Origin of spatter
1575–85; perhaps < Dutch spatt(en) to splash + -er6; compare Dutch spatterig literally, spattery
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Examples from the Web for spattered
And that he done it with an apron on to kape from gettin' burnt and spattered?The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
Everybody knew it, because it was daubed and spattered with paint.Winning His Way
Charles Carleton Coffin
They spattered into the waters all around him, but wide of their mark.A Prisoner of Morro
Some of them spattered the ends of their noses with black chocolate.Rootabaga Stories
You do not wish to see me spattered over the beautiful isle?The Place of Honeymoons
- 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
- the sound of something spattering
- something spattered, such as a spot or splash
- the act or an instance of spattering
C16: of imitative origin; related to Low German, Dutch spatten to spout, Frisian spatteren to splash
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Word Origin and History for spattered
1570s (implied in spattering), possibly a frequentative verb from the stem of Dutch or Low German spatten "to spout, burst," of imitative origin. Related: Spattered.
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