splutter


1splut·ter

noun \ˈsplə-tər\

Definition of SPLUTTER

1
:  a confused noise (as of hasty speaking)
2
:  a splashing or sputtering sound

Origin of SPLUTTER

probably alteration of sputter
First Known Use: 1677

2splutter

verb

: 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
:  to utter hastily or confusedly :  stammer
intransitive verb
1
:  to make a noise as if spitting
2
:  to speak hastily and confusedly
splut·ter·er \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.

First Known Use of SPLUTTER

1693

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