Origin of Sputter
Probably representing Middle English *sputren, *sputrien, a frequentative form of sputen (“to spout, vomit"), equivalent to spout +"Ž -er. Cognate with Eastern Frisian spüttern (“to inject, spray, splash"), West Frisian sputterje (“to sputter"), Dutch sputteren (“to sputter"), Low German sputtern, spruttern (“to sprinkle"), German sprudeln (“to spout, squirt"). Compare splutter.
Probably of Low German origin Dutch sputteren
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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