verb (used with or without object)

to splash and scatter upon impact: The paint splattered when I dropped the bucket.


an act or instance of splattering.
the quantity splattered: to wipe up a splatter of ketchup on the rug.


characterized by gory imagery: splatter films.

Nearby words

  1. splashboard,
  2. splashdown,
  3. splasher,
  4. splashy,
  5. splat,
  6. splatter film,
  7. splatter movie,
  8. splatterpunk,
  9. splay,
  10. splayd

Origin of splatter

1775–85; blend of splash and spatter

Related formsun·splat·tered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for splatter



to splash with small blobs; spatter


a splash of liquid, mud, etc
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Word Origin and History for splatter



1784, but earlier in splatterdash (1772), perhaps a blend of spatter and splash.

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