- 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[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.
NAmE//ˈspʌt̮ər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sputter
he / she / it sputters
past simple sputtered
-ing form sputtering