spat·​ter | \ ˈspa-tər How to pronounce spatter (audio) \
spattered; spattering; spatters

Definition of spatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of spatter (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act or process of spattering : the state of being spattered
b : the noise of spattering
2a : 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

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Examples of spatter in a Sentence

Verb The dog jumped in the pool and spattered us with water. His clothes were spattered with paint. When you cook bacon, the grease spatters everywhere. He showed me how to use the paintbrush so the paint wouldn't spatter. Noun There were grease spatters all over the wall. The floor was covered with spatters of paint. There was a lot of paint spatter on the floor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Add garlic and thyme sprigs to skillet at 12 o’clock position (butter will spatter)., 2 July 2020 There’s a classic scene where her boardinghouse girlfriends, in preparation for the big night, teach her to slurp spaghetti without spattering the sauce. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 May 2020 Paint was also spattered on the central government’s emblem at the front entrance. The Economist, 20 July 2019 Frank Spencer's blood spattered against this frame and this door. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 16 Nov. 2019 Taking care to avoid being spattered if the caramel bubbles over, add ¼ cup of water to stop the cooking. CBS News, 15 Feb. 2020 Police forensic scientists protested at the Louvre in white smocks spattered in fake blood. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2020 Upon inspection, tiny pieces of particulate matter spattered the slide. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2019 Yes, that means your toothbrush is being spattered with fecal matter. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Investigators discovered what looked like blood spatter on the wall and ceiling near the infant’s crib, according to the affidavit. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 7 July 2021 Which meant there should be blood spatter on the gun as well, seeing as it was fired about an inch from the victim’s head. oregonlive, 6 July 2021 Accounting for aerodynamic drag on the drops significantly improved the model’s ability to predict real blood spatter trajectories, the team found. Ian Randall, Science | AAAS, 20 Apr. 2021 Premiering in 2006, the eight-season series followed Morgan, a blood-spatter expert for the Miami PD who spends his nights hunting and murdering the criminals he's tasked with helping arrest. Derek Lawrence,, 29 Apr. 2021 However, the Italian influence lingers on: the city walls are Venetian, a lion guards the entrance gate, and words of Venetian dialect spatter the locals' chatter. Julia Buckley, CNN, 20 Apr. 2021 But something was still missing, with the modeled and experimental spatter not quite matching up. Ian Randall, Science | AAAS, 20 Apr. 2021 The allegations were based on a blood spatter expert hired by BART Transportation in the case. ABC News, 16 Apr. 2021 In addition, the defense argued that if Ron Rudin was murdered in the bedroom, the blood spatter would have indicated a different pattern. Keren Schiffman, ABC News, 20 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of spatter


1600, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spatter


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

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“Spatter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for spatter



English Language Learners Definition of spatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of spatter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mark made when something wet hits a surface


spat·​ter | \ ˈspa-tər How to pronounce spatter (audio) \
spattered; spattering

Kids Definition of spatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of spatter (Entry 2 of 2)

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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