splatter

verb
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

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

In a little over a decade, the signs have been tossed in a river, splattered with acid, shot up, defaced with KKK graffiti and stolen, according to the commission. Tara Law, Time, "Repeatedly-Vandalized Emmett Till Memorial to Be Replaced With Bulletproof Sign," 27 July 2019 While the typical football fan responses are unsurprisingly splattered all over social media, the majority of Crystal Palace supporters were eager to wish the youngster best wishes after signing a deal with United which could run until 2025. SI.com, "Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Social Media Reaction as Crystal Palace Star Seals Manchester United Switch," 29 June 2019 Second puberty⁠ — aka that time in your early- or mid-20s when your body and skin will change yet again ⁠— arrived and splattered my skin with amazingly stubborn acne. Angely Mercado, Teen Vogue, "The Financial and Emotional Toll of Having Acne-Prone Skin," 27 June 2019 Photos from inside the home show pools of blood in several rooms and blood splattered on the walks, where Ivy proudly hanged photos of her daughter. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Family struggled to find mental-health services for Cleveland woman accused of beating mother to death with hammer," 17 June 2019 In 2017, it was found splattered with orange paint. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Arts group will file appeal to fight removal of Castleman statue in Cherokee Triangle," 10 June 2019 Two protesters who splattered two police officers with buckets full of lubricant and glitter during a Patriot Prayer rally in downtown Portland last summer were sentenced Friday to five days in jail. oregonlive.com, "2 Portland protesters who doused cops with buckets of glitter mixed with lubricant get 5 days in jail," 7 June 2019 From an early age, such people make sure their lifetime achievements are not sucked up and splattered away in 15 seconds of federal spending. WSJ, "Dogs Bite Men and Trumps Duck Taxes," 5 Oct. 2018 Despite how few seeds came out, there was juice splattered everywhere. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's the Best Way to Seed a Pomegranate," 3 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are no arcing splatters of blood, no clean pieces of action choreography; every death feels like a senseless loss. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale Delves Into a Harrowing Past," 4 Aug. 2019 Detectives found cinder blocks with blood splatter on them, authorities said. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Three people accused of beating up 60-year-old man in Texas with concrete bricks," 1 Aug. 2019 When first prepared, the Kismet red zhoug houses a Jackson Pollock splatter of essential oils and enzymes donated by a secret blend of spices ground together with garlic. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The science behind a feast of flavor pairings at Kismet in Los Angeles," 12 July 2019 The surface of the plate was as saturated with brick-red splatter as the background of a Chaz Bojórquez painting. Peter Meehan, Los Angeles Times, "A collection of Gold-isms: soft-porn videocassettes, Claes Oldenburg and Metallica," 18 July 2019 The air carries a strong whiff of fish and chips and the threat of seagull splatter. Eamon Lynch, azcentral, "Open Championship at Portrush may be the only thing Northern Ireland can agree on," 15 July 2019 Excess moisture will cause the oil to splatter and prevent the chickpeas from crisping. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three new ways to love grains," 9 July 2019 Bang, who monkeyed around with Elisabeth Moss in The Square and faced Claire Foy in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, strokes his fangs as the titular vampire, with blood splatter coating his black-and-white ensemble. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Dracula arrives in first blood-splattered look at Sherlock creators' miniseries," 5 July 2019 Investigators also found bloody sandals and an Amazon box with blood splatter, the warrant states. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Former Assistant Principal Charged with Murder of Popular Teacher Friend He Worked With," 14 June 2019

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 How to pronounce splatter (audio) \
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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