Definition of spatter in English:


Line breaks: spat|ter
Pronunciation: /ˈspatə


[with object]
  • 1Cover with drops or spots of something: passing vehicles spattered his shoes and trousers with mud
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    • Various scorch marks and spattered blood let her know she had indeed missed something.
    • Someone tossed a melon-rind at Adriana's feet; drops of cool slime spattered her ankles.
    • He could feel the blood spattering his shoulder.
    splash, bespatter, splatter, spray, sprinkle, spritz, shower, speck, speckle, fleck, mottle, blotch, smear, stain, mark, dirty, soil, daub, cover
    informal splotch, splodge
    Scottish & Irish informal slabber
    literary besprinkle, bedabble
  • 1.1Scatter or splash (liquid, mud, etc.) over a surface: he spatters grease all over the cooker
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    • The man fell against the railing as soapy water splashed everywhere, spattering the deck and running off the ship through the rails.
    • A shower of fluid spattered the shaving mirror.
    • Jason finally sprinted ahead, and jumped into the pool, spattering us with water.
  • 1.2 [no object] Fall so as to be scattered over an area: she watched the raindrops spatter down
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    • She watched as it spattered on the ground far below.
    • Light rain began to fall, but made no noise as it spattered on the sheer-plated roofs.
    • The rain spattered against the window.


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  • 1A spray or splash of something: she stood clear of the spatter of water that came off the steps
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    • To control spatters and the residue of cooking fumes, the entire kitchen should be washed with a good degreaser at least once a week.
    • She stood at the water's edge and felt a spatter hit her face.
    • They're practical and help protect clothes against spatters and spills.
  • 1.1A sprinkling: there was a spatter of freckles over her nose
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    • A spatter of bullets told Hoffman of the attempted attack.
    • Anyway, there was a spatter of water just pouring off this lip.
  • 1.2A short outburst of sound: the sharp spatter of shots


mid 16th century (in the sense 'splutter while speaking'): frequentative, from a base shared by Dutch, Low German spatten 'burst, spout'.

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