- (GA) IPA: /ˈspʌtɚ/
sputter (sputters, present participle sputtering; past and past participle sputtered)
- (intransitive) To emit saliva or spit#Verb|spit from the mouth#Noun|mouth in small, scattered#Adjective|scattered portion#Noun|portions, as in rapid speaking#Noun|speaking.
- 1869 May, Anthony Trollope, “Lady Milborough as Ambassador”, in He Knew He Was Right, volume I, London: Strahan and Company, publishers, […], OCLC 1118026626 ↗, page 87 ↗:
- The child [...] kicked, and crowed, and sputtered, when his mother took him, and put up his little fingers to clutch her hair, and was to her as a young god upon the earth. Nothing in the world had ever been created so beautiful, so joyous, so satisfactory, so divine!
- (ambitransitive) To speak so rapidly as to emit saliva; to utter#Verb|utter word#Noun|words hastily and indistinctly, with a splutter#Verb|spluttering sound#Noun|sound, as in rage#Noun|rage.
- They could neither of them speak their rage, and so fell a sputtering at one another, like two roasting apples.
- 1730, Jonathan Swift, A Vindication of Lord Carteret
- In the midst of caresses, and without the least pretended incitement, to sputter out the basest and falsest accusations.
- (ambitransitive) To throw out anything, as little jets of steam#Noun|steam, with a noise like that made by one sputtering.
- Like the green wood [...] sputtering in the flame.
- (physics, intransitive) To cause surface#Noun|surface atoms or electrons of a solid#Noun|solid to be ejected by bombarding it with heavy atoms or ions.
- (physics, transitive) To coat#Verb|coat the surface of an object#Noun|object by sputtering.
- French: postillonner
- Russian: бры́згать
- German: mit feuchter Aussprache sprechen
- Russian: бессвязно
- French: pulvériser
- French: revêtir, métalliser
- Russian: напылять