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: 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Grease, oil, and food particles splatter onto the grates and stay there until the buildup becomes noticeable. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Sep. 2022 Pay special attention to the rim, as food and liquids can splatter and become lodged in that space, causing damage to the finish. Jolie Kerr, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Aug. 2022 Sometimes, rice cookers may splatter due to starch build-up. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 Close the lid, and that bacon fat will still splatter all over the device to season it, without the risk of big flare-ups from too much fat hitting the coals. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Dec. 2021 More to the point, Baker views his nails as a medium for disruptive art — like ten small-size canvases to splatter paint. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 7 Dec. 2021 Step-by-Step Directions Learn how to splatter crepe paper with bleach to create this cheap Christmas wreath. Kim Hutchison, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Oct. 2021 Get ready to destroy your stove area because these Black Hawk Farms are a decadent 73/27 lean-to-fat ratio, and delicious grease will splatter everywhere. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 14 Sep. 2021 When the oil is very hot, carefully add halibut filets to the pan and sear for a minute or two (be careful as the oil may splatter), or until golden. Dallas News, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An animated feature splatter fest come disaster movie as a meteor packed by living dead hits the International Space Station. John Hopewell, Variety, 12 Sep. 2022 By some miracle, my nails stayed intact through it all, largely thanks to the brilliant splatter top coat, which camouflaged minor chips and imperfections like a champ. Jennifer Chan, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2022 To treat stains on the go after a spill or splatter occurs, dab it with water or, if possible, flush it with cool running water. Jolie Kerr, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 This winter hat features a paint-splatter design that's too cool for school. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 16 Aug. 2022 It’s compact, bite-size, and the soy sauce splatter blends perfectly with synthetic leather interiors. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 16 July 2022 Parchment paper can be used to protect against food splatter in an air fryer. Liam Gravvat, USA TODAY, 4 July 2022 Blood riddled the lower railing of the steps to the second floor and blood splatter marked the top of the staircase. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 1 July 2022 And investigators said the splatter was consistent with an attack being carried out at the top of the stairs. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 1 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Soft-shell crabs can also be sautéed, though their penchant for popping in the pan presents a splatter hazard. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2022 Appropriate for such a sprawling, scattershot set, it’s on splatter vinyl. Chris Willman, Variety, 18 June 2022 On March 27, at approximately 8 p.m., another similar incident occurred in Berens Park involving four different juveniles, one or more of whom struck an adult female victim with a splatter ball gun. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, 12 Apr. 2022 One, for example, features a swirling ombre-marble pattern while another acts as an homage to Abstract Expressionism’s splatter paint technique. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2022 For her first appearance, at Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Phoenix, the star paired a splatter-print floor-length coat with a black top and leggings and open-toe heels. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Jan. 2022 The brand promises the containers are 100 percent leak-proof because of the lids' airtight seal and latch closures, and the lids have built-in vents that ensure a splatter-free trip through the microwave. Rachael Noll, PEOPLE.com, 27 Oct. 2021 Though known for his filibuster-style interviews and splatter-gun tweets, West has been strikingly quiet since the divorce news broke. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 Large companies often use factories to achieve the splatter effect. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 19 May 2021 See More

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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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21 Sep 2022

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“Splatter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splatter. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for splatter


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

Kids Definition of splatter

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: to splash against something in large drops



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