splatter

[ splat-er ]
/ ˈsplæt ər /

verb (used with or without object)

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

noun

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

adjective

characterized by gory imagery: splatter films.

Origin of splatter

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

splatter

/ (ˈsplætə) /

verb

to splash with small blobs; spatter

noun

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

splatter


v.

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

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