Sput·ter, v. t. To spit out hastily by quick, successive efforts, with a spluttering sound; to utter hastily and confusedly, without control over the organs of speech.
In the midst of caresses, and without the least pretended incitement, to sputter out the basest accusations. --Swift.
Sput·ter, n. Moist matter thrown out in small detached particles; also, confused and hasty speech.
Sput·ter v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sputtered p. pr. & vb. n. Sputtering.]
1. To spit, or to emit saliva from the mouth in small, scattered portions, as in rapid speaking.
2. To utter words hastily and indistinctly; to speak so rapidly as to emit saliva.
They could neither of them speak their rage, and so fell a sputtering at one another, like two roasting apples. --Congreve.
3. To throw out anything, as little jets of steam, with a noise like that made by one sputtering.
Like the green wood . . . sputtering in the flame. --Dryden.
n 1: the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively;
"he heard a spatter of gunfire" [syn: spatter, spattering,
splatter, splattering, splutter, sputtering]
2: an utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage)
v 1: make an explosive sound; "sputtering engines"
2: cause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed; "The
solar wind protons must sputter away the surface atoms of
3: climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling [syn: clamber, scramble,
shin, shinny, skin, struggle]
4: utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage [syn: splutter]
5: spit up in an explosive manner [syn: splutter, spit out]