: to spit or squirt from the mouth with explosive sounds
: to utter hastily or explosively in confusion or excitement <“that's ridiculous!” she sputtered>
: 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
: to spit or squirt particles of food or saliva noisily from the mouth
: to speak explosively or confusedly in anger or excitement
: to make explosive popping sounds
— sput·ter·er noun
Examples of SPUTTER
- The motor sputtered and died.
- He was sputtering with rage.
- She sputtered an angry protest.
- “You, you have to be kidding!” he sputtered.
Origin of SPUTTER
akin to Dutch sputteren
First Known Use: 1598
Rhymes with SPUTTER
: confused and excited speech or discussion
First Known Use of SPUTTER
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