splatter

verb
splat·​ter | \ ˈspla-tər \
splattered; splattering; splatters

Definition of splatter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to scatter or fall in or as if in drops

splatter

noun

Definition of splatter (Entry 2 of 3)

splatter

adjective

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

bespatter, dash, plash, spatter, splash

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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

By splattering on pattern, or adding details like rhinestones or ribbons, the brand injects wit into the world of fuddy-duddy knitwear. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "This Exuberant Cardigan Is the Ideal Antidote to Office Air Conditioning," 16 Aug. 2018 Both provoked a harsh response — many posters were splattered with mud, defaced with beards drawn on or completely torn up. Washington Post, "Tough road for Iraq’s female candidates in May 12 elections," 5 May 2018 There is nothing more annoying than a giant semen stain in the center of your mattress, or period blood splattered over your sheets like a crime scene. Gigi Engle, SELF, "7 Tips for Cleaning Up After Sex Gets Messy," 12 Dec. 2018 When the Formica ants attack, the high-speed video would show these really quick bursts of formic acid being sprayed from their abdomens and splattering on the trap-jaw ants. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "High-speed video solves how Florida ants furnish their nests with their enemies’ bodies," 18 Nov. 2018 The British calendar is splattered with bloody anniversaries commemorating hundreds of years of violent battles and murdered monarchs. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the brutal anniversary of a royal beheading," 17 May 2018 Get a load of that molding splattered with fake blood! Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Can You Guess How Much These Classic Horror-Film Houses Cost?," 30 Oct. 2018 What to watch Silent Night, Bloody Night, a 1972 gothic horror picture splattered with gore. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Silent Night, Bloody Night is the perfect streaming slasher for Halloween fans," 20 Oct. 2018 The suit, splattered with hundreds of dots, takes body measurements with a software application, ensuring a good fit. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Japanese tycoon going on SpaceX rocket says he trusts Musk," 8 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As a general rule of thumb, cover pans with lids or aluminum foil to prevent splatters and place baking sheets on the bottom racks when baking pies and casseroles to catch anything that might spill over. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean an Oven Quickly and Painlessly," 18 Dec. 2018 The eleven poppy patterns represent a range of Benz's inspirations, like a two-color graffiti print called El Quijote, a splatter paint Corner Deli, and Madison Stripe, which was based off traditional African textiles. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "Chris Benz's Wallshoppe Wallpaper Collection Is Everything," 26 Nov. 2018 There’s a fair bit of blood involved, but this isn’t an ultra-gory splatter movie, so much as a form of a cat-and-mouse slasher movie. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "What Keeps You Alive shows the importance of art in horror films," 24 Aug. 2018 And, again, there was a lot of splatter everywhere. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's the Best Way to Seed a Pomegranate," 3 Oct. 2018 Since it's submerged in water, there's no splatter. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's the Best Way to Seed a Pomegranate," 3 Oct. 2018 According to the complaint, family members discovered blood splatter and bloody towels in the guest bathroom and blood on the washing machine in the garage. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Bodies Found 3 Miles Apart in New Mexico Were Missing Roommates, Suspect Charged With Murder," 1 Mar. 2018 To minimize splatter, remove the skillet from heat when adding more oil between additional pieces of tenderloin. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "A Spicy Pork Tenderloin Bowl That's So Easy You Hardly Need This Recipe," 30 May 2018 One blood splatter, hand prints included, was splashed on white paper hung on the wall. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "Instead of watching Netflix, KC kids dust for fingerprints at police academy," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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

Verb

1785, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1819, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for splatter

Verb

probably blend of splash and spatter

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The first known use of splatter was in 1785

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More Definitions for splatter

splatter

verb

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

splatter

noun

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

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

splatter

verb
splat·​ter | \ ˈspla-tər \
splattered; splattering

Kids Definition of splatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to splash against something in large drops

splatter

noun

Kids Definition of splatter (Entry 2 of 2)

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