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

     

    splutter

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsplʌtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplʌtər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they splutter
    BrE BrE//ˈsplʌtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplʌtər//
     
    he / she / it splutters
    BrE BrE//ˈsplʌtəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplʌtərz//
     
    past simple spluttered
    BrE BrE//ˈsplʌtəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplʌtərd//
     
    past participle spluttered
    BrE BrE//ˈsplʌtəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplʌtərd//
     
    -ing form spluttering
    BrE BrE//ˈsplʌtərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplʌtərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to speak quickly and with difficulty, making soft spitting sounds, because you are angry or embarrassed synonym sputter + speech (out) ‘But, but…you can’t!’ she spluttered. splutter (with something) Her father spluttered with indignation.
  2. 2[intransitive] to make a series of short explosive sounds synonym sputter The firework spluttered and went out. She fled from the blaze, coughing and spluttering.
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent.: imitative; compare with sputter.
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