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 Rain splattered down on an unassuming warehouse in Brooklyn, but inside, the space was glowing. Vogue, "Everyone Wore McQueen to the New Museum’s Annual NextGen Dinner," 8 Nov. 2019 Martin, his girlfriend, and the other boy returned hours later in the vehicle that was now mud splattered, authorities said. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Case of missing Illinois teen Joshua Mahaffey allegedly last seen at Devil's Playground remains unsolved nearly three decades later," 18 Oct. 2019 When not confined to a container, liquids will splatter, dribble, and ooze. Wired, "Unusual Fluids Flip, Twirl, and Redefine How Liquids Work," 9 Sep. 2019 Paint from the can splattered on the apron and there was damage to the exterior of the garage door. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Elmwood Park, River Grove police: Jewelry, gun stolen; victims battered, paint thrown on garages," 9 Sep. 2019 For the second week in a row, blood was splattered on the station floor. Washington Post, "Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at Hong Kong protesters," 29 July 2019 The liquid splattered on the maroon carpet, some desks and a few senators’ heads. Los Angeles Times, "In defying Newsom, she tried to protect California from Trump — and showed how legislating should work," 16 Sep. 2019 Dulos has not seen his children since a May 22 barbecue at Farber Dulos’ New Canaan home — the same location where her blood was found two days later splattered on two cars in the garage, according to prosecutors. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "The psychiatrist who examined Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos, concluded he is ‘confident and gregarious’," 3 Sep. 2019 Companies apply them to kill germs at various stages during processing, such as when carcasses are de-feathered, gutted or any other point when feces could splatter and spread germs like salmonella. Washington Post, "UK worries Brexit could bring ‘chlorinated chicken’ from US," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During a quick sweep of the home, an officer reported seeing knives in the foyer and another bent knife in the kitchen, along with pools and splatter of blood, according to arrest records. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Cheshire man accused of fatally stabbing wife last week faces new charge of murder," 17 Sep. 2019 In the end the movie tilts a little more than Get Out (which did deal in possession and soul-horror, albeit without an explicitly satanic element) toward splatter and absurdity, a little less toward metaphysical dread. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Horror-Comedy Ready or Not Plays on Primal Human Fears," 12 Sep. 2019 The pieces were accessorized with spikes, rips, and atypical splatters of paint that created a gritty yet, distinct collection. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Vic Mensa Throws Epic NYC Party To Celebrate 93 Punx Collection," 16 Sep. 2019 Their fractured bond underlines the laughter-heavy plot with splatters of lighthearted drama. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Shinichiro Ueda’s ‘One Cut of the Dead’ is the year’s funniest horror-comedy," 12 Sep. 2019 Court records say detectives found blood splatter and evidence of a cleanup at Farber Dulos’ New Canaan home and then recovered bags with bloody evidence from trash bins along Albany Avenue. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Police suspect a hunting switchblade was used to kill Jennifer Farber Dulos. A Hartford man sold it for $10.," 9 Sep. 2019 The song’s guitar splatters conjured lineage stretching from Chuck Berry. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How The Cars Upgraded Rock and Roll," 16 Sep. 2019 In the Senate chamber, red splatters could be seen on the desks of several lawmakers. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Vaccine protester dumps apparent blood onto California lawmakers," 14 Sep. 2019 The hot Italian sausage sandwich with red sauce and provolone was heartbreakingly accurate — a proudly messy splatter-bomb, a Proustian time machine back to the New Jersey delis of my youth. Jesse Pearson, Los Angeles Times, "We eat econo: Mike Watt on pork sandwiches, punk rock and the future of San Pedro," 4 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of splatter was in 1785

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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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