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sputter

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verb sput·ter \ˈspə-tər\

Simple Definition of sputter

  • : to make loud sounds like explosions

  • : to speak quickly or in a confused way because you are upset, surprised, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sputter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to spit or squirt from the mouth with explosive sounds

  3. 2 :  to utter hastily or explosively in confusion or excitement <“that's ridiculous!” she sputtered>

  4. 3 :  to dislodge (atoms) from the surface of a material by collision with high energy particles; also :  to deposit (a metallic film) by such a process

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to spit or squirt particles of food or saliva noisily from the mouth

  7. 2 :  to speak explosively or confusedly in anger or excitement

  8. 3 :  to make explosive popping sounds

sputterer

noun

Examples of sputter in a sentence

  1. The motor sputtered and died.

  2. He was sputtering with rage.

  3. She sputtered an angry protest.

  4. You, you have to be kidding! he sputtered.



Origin and Etymology of sputter

akin to Dutch sputteren to sputter


First Known Use: 1598


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sputter

noun sput·ter

Definition of sputter

  1. 1 :  confused and excited speech or discussion

  2. 2 :  the act or sound of sputtering



1673

First Known Use of sputter

1673



SPUTTER Defined for Kids

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sputter

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verb sput·ter \ˈspə-tər\

Definition of sputter for Students

sputtered

sputtering

  1. 1 :  to spit noisily from the mouth <She came out of the water coughing and sputtering.>

  2. 2 :  to speak in a hasty or explosive way in confusion or excitement <Students sputtered out protests.>

  3. 3 :  to make explosive popping sounds <The motor sputtered and died.>




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sputter

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noun sput·ter

Definition of sputter for Students

  1. :  the act or sound of sputtering





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