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spatter

verb spat·ter \ ˈspa-tər \

Definition of spatter

intransitive verb
:to spurt forth in scattered drops
  • blood spattering everywhere
transitive verb
1 :to splash with or as if with a liquid; also :to soil in this way
  • his coat was spattered with mud
2 :to scatter by or as if by splashing
  • spatter water
3 :to cover with or as if with splashes or spots
4 :to cast aspersions on :defame
  • spattered my reputation

Examples of spatter in a Sentence

  1. The dog jumped in the pool and spattered us with water.

  2. His clothes were spattered with paint.

  3. When you cook bacon, the grease spatters everywhere.

  4. He showed me how to use the paintbrush so the paint wouldn't spatter.

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Origin and Etymology of spatter

akin to Frisian spatterje to spatter, Middle Dutch bespatten to splash

spatter Synonyms

Synonyms
dash, slop, slosh, splash, swash
Related Words
dabble, lap, plash, wash; spray, sprinkle, spritz; squirt

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spatter

noun

Definition of spatter

1 a :the act or process of spattering :the state of being spattered
b :the noise of spattering
2 a :a drop or splash spattered on something or a spot or stain due to spattering
b :a small amount or number :sprinkle
  • a spatter of applause

Examples of spatter in a Sentence

  1. There were grease spatters all over the wall.

  2. The floor was covered with spatters of paint.

  3. There was a lot of paint spatter on the floor.

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First Known Use of spatter

1797


SPATTER Defined for English Language Learners

spatter

verb

Definition of spatter for English Language Learners

  • : to cause drops of a liquid to be thrown forcefully in different directions


spatter

noun

Definition of spatter for English Language Learners

  • : a mark made when something wet hits a surface


SPATTER Defined for Kids

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spatter

verb spat·ter \ ˈspa-tər \

Definition of spatter for Students

spattered; spattering
1 :to splash with drops or small bits of something wet
  • Don't spatter the floor with paint.
2 :to scatter by splashing
  • A passing car spattered mud on my clothes.

Headscratcher for spatter

You can add one letter to spatter to form the synonym “splatter,” or you can change one letter to form the related word “scatter.”


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spatter

noun

Definition of spatter for Students

1 :the act or sound of something splashing in drops
  • the spatter of rain on a roof
2 :a drop or splash spattered on something :a spot or stain due to spattering
  • a grease spatter


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