[ spluht-er ]
/ ˈsplʌt ər /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


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

Nearby words

  1. splore,
  2. splosh,
  3. splotch,
  4. splotchy,
  5. splurge,
  6. spluttery,
  7. spm,
  8. spock,
  9. spock, benjamin mclane,
  10. spock-marked

Origin of splutter

1670–80; blend of splash and sputter

Related formssplut·ter·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for splutter


/ (ˈsplʌtə) /


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


Derived Formssplutterer, noun

Word Origin for splutter

C17: variant of sputter, influenced by splash

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