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splutter

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noun splut·ter \ˈsplə-tər\

Definition of splutter

  1. 1 :  a confused noise (as of hasty speaking)

  2. 2 :  a splashing or sputtering sound



Origin of splutter

probably alteration of sputter


First Known Use: 1677


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splutter

verb splut·ter

Simple Definition of splutter

  • : to make a series of short, loud noises like the noises of someone who is struggling to breathe

  • : to say (something) in short, confused phrases

Full Definition of splutter

  • transitive verb
    1. :  to utter hastily or confusedly :  stammer

    2. intransitive verb
    3. 1 :  to make a noise as if spitting

    4. 2 :  to speak hastily and confusedly

    splut·ter·er play \ˈsplə-tər-ər\ noun

    Examples of splutter

    1. She coughed and spluttered as she climbed out of the icy water.

    2. When I demanded an explanation, he just stood there spluttering.

    3. Th-that's simply not true, he spluttered.



    1693

    First Known Use of splutter

    1693


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