sputter


1sput·ter

verb \ˈspə-tər\

: to make loud sounds like explosions

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

Full Definition of SPUTTER

transitive verb
1
:  to spit or squirt from the mouth with explosive sounds
2
:  to utter hastily or explosively in confusion or excitement <“that's ridiculous!” she sputtered>
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
intransitive verb
1
:  to spit or squirt particles of food or saliva noisily from the mouth
2
:  to speak explosively or confusedly in anger or excitement
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

2sputter

noun

Definition of SPUTTER

1
:  confused and excited speech or discussion
2
:  the act or sound of sputtering

First Known Use of SPUTTER

1673

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