Sputter Definition

spŭtər
sputtered, sputtering, sputters
verb
sputtered, sputtering, sputters
To spit out drops of saliva, bits of food, etc. in an explosive manner, as when talking excitedly; splutter.
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To spit or throw out (bits or drops) in an explosive manner.
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To utter by sputtering.
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To make sharp, sizzling or spitting sounds, as burning wood, frying fat, etc.
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To speak hastily in a confused, explosive manner.
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noun
sputters
The act or noise of sputtering.
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Matter thrown out in sputtering.
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Hasty, confused, explosive utterance.
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The definition of a sputter is a small explosive sound usually made because something is cooking or because there is a problem.
The quiet explosive sounds a car's engine makes when it is having trouble starting is an example of a sputter.
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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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably of Low German origin Dutch sputteren

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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