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splatter

[splat-er]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to splash and scatter upon impact: The paint splattered when I dropped the bucket.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of splattering.
  2. the quantity splattered: to wipe up a splatter of ketchup on the rug.
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adjective
  1. characterized by gory imagery: splatter films.
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Origin of splatter

1775–85; blend of splash and spatter
Related formsun·splat·tered, adjective
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Related Words for splatter

drench, moisten, plunge, slosh, soak, sprinkle, shower, sop, spray, drown, spatter, douse, wet, squirt, bespatter

Examples from the Web for splatter

Contemporary Examples of splatter

Historical Examples of splatter

  • Shells from hostile batteries were beginning to splatter down just beyond.

  • Overhead, a splatter of rain pinged on the tin roof of the cabin.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • There is a hole, and there is a splatter and a change of the line.

  • Only when alone under that splatter of stars did he feel the moment big with more than a mere release from textbooks.

    The Wrong Twin

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • A few of them, however—just a splatter—did fall on his fish, but it didn't matter as it was a salt fish anyway.

    Hints to Pilgrims

    Charles Stephen Brooks


British Dictionary definitions for splatter

splatter

verb
  1. to splash with small blobs; spatter
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noun
  1. a splash of liquid, mud, etc
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Word Origin and History for splatter

v.

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

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