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Definition of sputter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sputter
    he / she / it sputters
    past simple sputtered
    -ing form sputtering
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  1. 1[intransitive] if an engine, a lamp, or a fire sputters, it makes a series of short explosive sounds Suddenly the car sputtered and stopped. sputtering fireworks
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to speak quickly and with difficulty, making soft spitting sounds, because you are angry or shocked + speech “W-What?” sputtered Anna. sputter (with something) His rival was sputtering with rage.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sputter