sputter Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
splatter; spatter; spattering; sputtering; splattering; splutter.
- he heard a spatter of gunfire
noun an utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage)
verb make an explosive sound
- sputtering engines
verb cause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed
- The solar wind protons must sputter away the surface atoms of the dust
verb climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
shin; shinny; skin; clamber; scramble; struggle.
verb utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
verb spit up in an explosive manner
splutter; spit out.
Sput"ter intransitive verb
EtymologyFrom the root of
To spit, or to emit saliva from the mouth in small, scattered portions, as in rapid speaking.
To utter words hastily and indistinctly; to speak so rapidly as to emit saliva.
They could neither of them speak their rage, and so fell a sputtering at one another, like two roasting apples. Congreve.
To throw out anything, as little jets of steam, with a noise like that made by one sputtering.
Like the green wood . . . sputtering in the flame. Dryden.
Sput"ter transitive verb
To spit out hastily by quick, successive efforts, with a spluttering sound; to utter hastily and confusedly, without control over the organs of speech.
In the midst of caresses, and without the last pretend incitement, to sputter out the basest accusations. Swift.
Moist matter thrown out in small detached particles; also, confused and hasty speech.
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