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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.

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

sput·ter·er noun

Examples of sputter

  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 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




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