- 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[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. Word Origin late 17th cent.: imitative; compare with sputter.
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//