verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


spluttering utterance or talk; noise or fuss.
a sputtering or spattering, as of liquid.

Origin of splutter

1670–80; blend of splash and sputter
Related formssplut·ter·er, noun
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to spit out (saliva, food particles, etc) from the mouth in an explosive manner, as through choking or laughing
to utter (words) with spitting sounds, as through rage or choking
Also: sputter to eject or be ejected in an explosive mannersparks spluttered from the fire
(tr) to bespatter (a person) with tiny particles explosively ejectedhe spluttered the boy next to him with ink


the process or noise of spluttering
spluttering incoherent speech, esp in argument
anything ejected through spluttering
Derived Formssplutterer, noun

Word Origin for splutter

C17: variant of sputter, influenced by splash
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Word Origin and History for splutter

1670s, perhaps a variant of sputter, intensified by the consonant cluster of splash, splatter, etc.


1728, from splutter (n.). Related: Spluttered; spluttering.

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