splat·​ter | \ ˈspla-tər How to pronounce splatter (audio) \
splattered; splattering; splatters

Definition of splatter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to scatter or fall in or as if in drops



Definition of splatter (Entry 2 of 3)



Definition of splatter (Entry 3 of 3)

: characterized by extreme or excessive gore or violence a splatter movie

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Synonyms for splatter

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of splatter in a Sentence

Verb Mud splattered everywhere when the wet dog shook himself. Rain splattered against the windows. A big bug splattered against the windshield of the car. The egg splattered on the floor. The paint splattered my clothes. Noun I had paint splatters on my jeans. There were mud splatters all over the carpet. Blood splatter was found at the crime scene.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The objects thrown caused paint to splatter across the statue, according to police. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Middle school teacher on leave after being charged with desecrating Christopher Columbus statue," 14 June 2020 After obtaining a search warrant, police found gunshot wounds on her body and blood splattered across the bed. Connor Van Ligten, azcentral, "Buckeye man accused of fatally shooting his wife as she slept in their home," 10 Apr. 2020 The onlooker also said the scuffle left blood splattered on the fighters' clothing. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Brawl Aboard Spirit Airlines Flight Forces Emergency Landing: 'We Were in Shock'," 4 May 2020 Power Wagons have always been the real deal—tough, trail-ready trucks that aren't just built to get dirty but look best splattered with wet earth. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Remains a Hulking Heavy-Duty Off-Roader," 30 Apr. 2020 One volume is particularly stained and splattered with what might be remnants of batter or a trace of an eggy fingerprint. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "When Life Gives You Lemons, Make 19th-Century Lemon Cake," 14 Apr. 2020 Maybe whoever left a turquoise plate splattered with cherry filling lying on the kitchen table will put it away? Robin Finn, Los Angeles Times, "Can I get a ‘corona divorce’ from my quarantined family? Jkjkjk," 4 Apr. 2020 Some masks showcase yellow and pink flowers splattered on a royal blue background. Los Angeles Times, "Three sisters set aside a dressmaking rivalry to kick coronavirus butt," 16 Apr. 2020 There appeared to be blood on her shirt, on the tub underneath her and splattered on the wall. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Macomb County man faces murder charge after leading police to slain girlfriend," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An absorbent drop cloth tarp, as its name suggests, absorbs the paint drips and splatters. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Tarps That Can Keep Anything Dry and Protected," 5 May 2020 Splash Guard An invisible layer of glass under the cabinets protects the wallpaper from splatters and stains. Robert Rufino, House Beautiful, "A Rita Konig-Designed Kitchen with Violet Marble and Botanical Walls," 9 Mar. 2020 After searing, make sure to drain the fat in the pan before putting the bird in the oven; this reduces splatter. BostonGlobe.com, "Crispy Chicken Under a Brick (Tsitsila Tabaka)," 18 Sep. 2019 When that’s done, prepare your work area for painting by making sure the floors and walls are protected from any potential spills or splatters. Popular Science, "The cheapest way to build your own wine rack," 18 Apr. 2020 Vibrant colors jockey against dull ones; splatters of rocky texture channel happenstance; paint is applied in drips and arcs and douses and schmears. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "What José Parlá, JR and Kunle Martins Learned from Graffiti," 8 Mar. 2020 Still, in the contents of this collection, some blotched with stray fingerprints or grease splatters, O’Keeffe left traces of her daily effort to maintain Abiquiu as a sanctuary. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "Own the Recipes of Georgia O’Keeffe," 7 Feb. 2020 Studies have also found that forensic disciplines formerly thought to be reliable — including the analysis of bite marks, shoe and tire impressions and blood splatter — are more subjective than scientific. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "‘It’s still emotional for me’: Bexar County prosecutors wrangle over death penalty," 1 Mar. 2020 The home was painted in large patches of extremely bright primary colors with random splatters throughout. USA TODAY, "Cheetah run, mountain-man biathlon, prodigal emu: News from around our 50 states," 28 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One of the most fun kinds of paper targets is splatter targets. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for Target Shooters," 21 Nov. 2019 Why splatter glitter paint on a pumpkin that's perfect in its original state? Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Opinion: Halloween Decor Is Ugly," 10 Sep. 2019 Blomkamp’s tech-heavy films, featuring all manner of exo-suits, robots, political conflicts, and bloody splatter effects owe much of their identity to the 1987 film. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Robocop' and Neill Blomkamp Need Each Other," 11 July 2018 The most noteworthy trends include splatter enamel—as seen in the Threshold fall dip bowls and colanders—and paddle shapes, which were incorporated into entertaining pieces like cheese and cutting boards, and new interpretations of marble. Kate Friedman, Glamour, "You're Going to Want Everything From Target's New Home Collection," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of splatter


1785, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1819, in the meaning defined above


1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for splatter


probably blend of splash and spatter

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The first known use of splatter was in 1785

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28 Jun 2020

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“Splatter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splatter. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of splatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a liquid : to move, fall, or hit something in large drops
of something that contains liquid : to hit something and break apart
: to cause (a liquid) to move or fall in large drops



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

: a mark or spot made by a large drop of liquid


splat·​ter | \ ˈspla-tər How to pronounce splatter (audio) \
splattered; splattering

Kids Definition of splatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to splash against something in large drops



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