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

     

    sputter

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): from Dutch sputteren, of imitative origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sputter