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splutter

noun splut·ter \ ˈsplə-tər \

Definition of splutter

1 : a confused noise (as of hasty speaking)
2 : a splashing or sputtering sound

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Origin and Etymology of splutter

probably alteration of sputter


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splutter

verb

Definition of splutter

spluttered; spluttering; splutters
: to utter hastily or confusedly : stammer
1 : to make a noise as if spitting
2 : to speak hastily and confusedly

splutterer

play \ˈsplə-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of splutter in a Sentence

  1. She coughed and spluttered as she climbed out of the icy water.

  2. When I demanded an explanation, he just stood there spluttering.

  3. “Th-that's simply not true,” he spluttered.

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First Known Use of splutter

1693

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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SPLUTTER Defined for English Language Learners

splutter

Definition of splutter for English Language Learners

  • : to make a series of short, loud noises like the noises of someone who is struggling to breathe

  • : to say (something) in short, confused phrases


SPLUTTER Defined for Kids

splutter

verb splut·ter \ ˈsplə-tər \

Definition of splutter for Students

spluttered; spluttering
1 : to make a noise as if spitting
  • The engine spluttered.
2 : to speak or say in haste or confusion

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