from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To scatter (a liquid) in drops or small splashes.
- transitive v. To spot, splash, or soil.
- transitive v. To sully the reputation of; defame.
- intransitive v. To come forth in drops or small splashes: Hot grease spattered in all directions.
- intransitive v. To fall in or as if in a shower, as rain or bullets.
- n. The act of spattering.
- n. The condition of being spattered.
- n. A spattering sound.
- n. A drop or splash of something spattered.
- n. A small amount; a smattering: just a spatter of praise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To splash with small droplets.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To sprinkle with a liquid or with any wet substance, as water, mud, or the like; to make wet of foul spots upon by sprinkling.
- transitive v. To distribute by sprinkling; to sprinkle around.
- transitive v. Fig.: To injure by aspersion; to defame; to soil; also, to throw out in a defamatory manner.
- intransitive v. To throw something out of the mouth in a scattering manner; to sputter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To scatter or throw about carelessly, as some fluid or semi-fluid substance; dash or splash so as to fall in spreading drops or small quantities: as, to spatter water or mud over a person; to spatter oaths or calumnies.
- To dash or splash upon; bespatter, literally or figuratively: as, to spatter a person with water, mud, or slander.
- To sputter; act or talk in a sputtering manner.
- To undergo or cause scattering or splashing in drops or small quantities.
- n. The act of spattering, or the state of being spattered; a spattering or splashing effect.
- n. A quick succession of not very loud sounds, such as is produced by the spattering of some substance.
- n. That which is spattered; a small splash, as of something thrown or falling in drops: as, a spatter of milk, ink, or mud on one's clothes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. spot, splash, or soil
- n. the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface
- n. the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
- v. dash a liquid upon or against
- v. rain gently
Perhaps of Low German origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)