- to scatter in drops or small blobs: to spatter red paint over blue
- to splash, spot, or soil with such drops or blobs
- to defame or slander
Origin of spatterakin to Frisian spateren, frequentative of spatten, to splash, spurt
- to emit or spurt out in drops or small blobs, as fat in frying
- to fall or strike in or as in a shower, as raindrops or pellets
- the act or an instance of spattering
- the sound of this
- a mark or wet spot caused by spattering
- a small amount or number
verbspat·tered, spat·ter·ing, spat·ters
- To scatter (a liquid, for example) in drops or small amounts: spattered the paint on the canvas.
- To spot, splash, or soil with drops or small amounts: The passing car spattered my pants with mud.
- To strike or land on in a dispersed way: Rain spattered the pavement.
- To come forth in drops or small amounts: Hot grease spattered in all directions.
- To fall in a shower or make contact in a dispersed way, as rain or bullets.
- The act or an instance of spattering: a spatter of mud on his pants.
- A spattering sound: awakened by the spatter of rain on the window.
- a. A drop or splash of something spattered: spatters of paint on his shoes.b. A small amount; a smattering: just a spatter of praise.
Origin of spatterPerhaps of Low German origin
(third-person singular simple present spatters, present participle spattering, simple past and past participle spattered)
Related to spit (“saliva").