Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make repeated or sporadic spitting sounds.
  • intransitive verb To speak hastily and incoherently, as when confused or angry.
  • intransitive verb To utter or express hastily and incoherently.
  • noun A spluttering noise.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Bustle; stir; commotion.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun colloq. A confused noise, as of hasty speaking.
  • intransitive verb colloq. To speak hastily and confusedly; to sputter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to spray droplets while speaking
  • verb to speak hurriedly and confusedly
  • verb to perform to a substandard level

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
  • verb spit up in an explosive manner
  • noun the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
  • noun an utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps alteration of sputter.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From a variant of sputter

Examples

  • "This isn't reality TV!" they splutter, settling in for 60 solid minutes watching a woman fake-tanned the shade of a third-degree burn glueing diamante craft beads on to her vagina.

    Grace Dent's TV OD

  • An unexpected beat on a snare drum made a French horn splutter out a belching sound, and in the back of the band something big emitted a snort, one that made Lisa think of a blue whale that had just surfaced after a week underwater.

    Bubble in the Bathtub

  • If they dont splutter over their retraction at this point, then they would more likely be at home being a patient of a mental ward rather than managing one. on July 7, 2009 at 11: 08 am grim rupert

    Criminals Insist On Being Naughty SHOCK! « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • The recording itself is thrilling, if warts-and-all, with Pappano singing along, while the audience cough and splutter between movements.

    Mahler: Symphony No 6 – review

  • An unexpected beat on a snare drum made a French horn splutter out a belching sound, and in the back of the band something big emitted a snort, one that made Lisa think of a blue whale that had just surfaced after a week underwater.

    Bubble in the Bathtub

  • A minute later the splutter of an exhaust told them the silencer had been taken off.

    WHOSE BUSINESS IS TO LIVE

  • Jeffrey sez, We're getting more and more excellent panoramic photographers uploading their spherical panoramas to our site - but this one made me splutter with delight.

    Boing Boing

  • Draught horses are led around the smaller ring, and nearby dozens of stationary engines chuff, splutter and bounce on individual pitches.

    Country diary: Stithians, Cornwall

  • Jeffrey sez, We're getting more and more excellent panoramic photographers uploading their spherical panoramas to our site - but this one made me splutter with delight.

    Panorama of yogi feet in the air - Boing Boing

  • It is of a monster enterprise monstering itself, of a family that can't get a grip – on itself or dad; of a dynasty falling apart as shareholders splutter and investors turned chicken cross the road.

    News Corp saga is gripping: let's soak up the family drama

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