splutter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v splutter spit up in an explosive manner
    • v splutter utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
    • n splutter an utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage)
    • n splutter the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively "he heard a spatter of gunfire"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Splutter A confused noise, as of hasty speaking.
    • v. i Splutter splŭt"tẽr To speak hastily and confusedly; to sputter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • splutter To sputter.
    • splutter To talk hastily and confusedly.
    • splutter 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 splutter Bustle; stir; commotion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Splutter splut′ėr to eject drops of saliva while speaking: to scatter ink upon a paper, as a bad pen
    • n Splutter bustle
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E. splutter, eqivalent to sputter,. Cf. Sputter

Usage

In literature:

There was some applause as he came up spluttering.
"Tom Slade at Temple Camp" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
Billie Hawker is a good fellow, Splutter.
"The Third Violet" by Stephen Crane
One day the noisy chatter at the mid-day meal was interrupted by the terrific splutter and throbbing of a motor-car.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
We dragged him out spluttering and I regret to say we laughed, almost heartily.
"The Red Horizon" by Patrick MacGill
Choking and spluttering Yoemon groped his way through the rooms into the rear.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
They flamed and spluttered and filled the room with cheerful light.
"Doctor Luke of the Labrador" by Norman Duncan
The carbides spluttered and flared.
"The Cross-Cut" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
I watched him gesticulate and get red in the face and foam and splutter.
"The Winning Clue" by James Hay, Jr.
They all drank simultaneously, Lucrezia spluttering a little out of shyness.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Such love must come to disaster; it is like a damp squib, it is never properly alight and fades out swiftly in noisy splutters.
"Women's Wild Oats" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
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In poetry:

Unscathed he stood, the Man of Ice.
Each shaft, with torrid anger fired,
Just spluttered feebly once or twice,
Then ignominiously expired.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
Aw know aw'm a stunner to cook,--
Guys-hang-it! this kinlin's damp!
It does nowt but splutter an smook,
An this Hue's ov a varry poor stamp.
"A Quiet Day" by John Hartley
Then we frichten'd the troots wi' oor wee white feet,
As we paidled up the burn,
Till they splutter'd to win frae oor sicht in the broo,
Wi' mony a jouk an' turn.
"The Deil's Stane" by Alexander Anderson
He saw a dreary person on the stage,
Who mouthed and mugged in simulated rage,
Who growled and spluttered in a mode absurd,
And spoke an English SOWLS had never heard.
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Since Sept 11, those who supposedly run our government have spluttered with frustration over the lack of linguistic abilities among the agencies tasked with combating terrorism.
A few times memory and focus failed to the point of sputtering and stammering, until the Jeopardy-like, improvised delivery of the mangled line in the form of a question finally stopped the wide-eyed spluttering.
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