Definition of splutter
1 : a confused noise (as of hasty speaking)
2 : a splashing or sputtering sound
Origin and Etymology of splutter
probably alteration of sputter
First Known Use: 1677
Examples of splutter in a sentence
She coughed and spluttered as she climbed out of the icy water.
When I demanded an explanation, he just stood there spluttering.
“Th-that's simply not true,” he spluttered.
First Known Use of splutter
SPLUTTER Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of splutter for Students
1 : to make a noise as if spitting The engine spluttered.
2 : to speak or say in haste or confusion
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