from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make repeated or sporadic spitting sounds.
- intransitive v. To speak hastily and incoherently, as when confused or angry.
- transitive v. To utter or express hastily and incoherently.
- n. A spluttering noise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to spray droplets while speaking
- v. to speak hurriedly and confusedly
- v. to perform to a substandard level
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To speak hastily and confusedly; to sputter.
- n. A confused noise, as of hasty speaking.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sputter.
- To talk hastily and confusedly.
- To utter confusedly or indistinctly, as through haste, excitement, embarrassment, or the like: often with out or forth: as, to splutter out an apology.
- n. Bustle; stir; commotion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
- v. spit up in an explosive manner
- n. the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
- n. an utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage)
Perhaps alteration of sputter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a variant of sputter (Wiktionary)