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Definition of spatter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    spatter

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈspætə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspætər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spatter
    BrE BrE//ˈspætə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspætər//
     
    he / she / it spatters
    BrE BrE//ˈspætəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspætərz//
     
    past simple spattered
    BrE BrE//ˈspætəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspætərd//
     
    past participle spattered
    BrE BrE//ˈspætəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspætərd//
     
    -ing form spattering
    BrE BrE//ˈspætərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspætərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] to cover somebody/something with drops of liquid, dirt, etc., especially by accident synonym splash spatter somebody/something blood-spattered walls spatter somebody/something with something As the bus passed, it spattered us with mud. spatter something on/over somebody/something Oil was spattered on the floor.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of liquid) to fall on a surface in drops, often noisily We heard the rain spattering on the roof.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘splutter while speaking’): frequentative, from a base shared by Dutch, Low German spatten ‘burst, spout’.Extra examples His clothes were liberally spattered with mud. Rain spattered against the window. The water had spattered all over her face. Blood and splinters of bone spattered the floor. They went in and saw the blood-spattered walls.
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