- 1[intransitive] if an engine, a lamp or a fire sputters, it makes a series of short explosive sounds synonym splutter Suddenly the car sputtered and stopped. sputtering fireworks
- 2[transitive] + speech | sputter something to speak quickly and with difficulty, making soft spitting sounds, because you are angry or shocked synonym splutter ‘W-What?’ sputtered Anna. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): from Dutch sputteren, of imitative origin.
BrE BrE//ˈspʌtə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspʌtər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sputter
BrE BrE//ˈspʌtə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspʌtər//he / she / it sputters
BrE BrE//ˈspʌtəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspʌtərz//past simple sputtered
BrE BrE//ˈspʌtəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspʌtərd//past participle sputtered
BrE BrE//ˈspʌtəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspʌtərd//-ing form sputtering
BrE BrE//ˈspʌtərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspʌtərɪŋ//