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Definition of splutter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they splutter
    he / she / it splutters
    past simple spluttered
    -ing form spluttering
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to speak quickly and with difficulty, making soft spitting sounds, because you are angry or embarrassed synonym sputter + speech (out) “But, but…you can't!” she spluttered. splutter (with something) Her father spluttered with indignation.
  2. 2[intransitive] to make a series of short explosive sounds synonym sputter She fled from the blaze,coughing and spluttering.
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