Definition of splatter in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsplatə


  • 1 [with object] Splash with a liquid, typically a thick or viscous one: a passing cart rolled by, splattering him with mud
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    • ‘Hey’, she said as she slapped his hand that was holding the straw, making it come out and splatter her with Caramel thick shake.
    • Her face was splattered with specks of mud and dirt, and beads of sweat were forming on her hairline.
    • Just as I helped R. into the stylist's chair the heavens opened up and sheets of rain descended with liquid force, splattering the windows and instantly flooding the parking lot.
  • 1.1Splash (a liquid) over a surface or object: (as adjective splattered) she wiped the splattered blood from her face
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    • Wherever the thirsty birds drank, they also splattered the sugar water causing Mother to do battle with the resulting ants.
    • In no time, his last ounce of resolve left him and he fell face first into the bowl, splattering droplets of broth everywhere.
    • I reached my hand in the pool and splattered some water in his face.
  • 1.2 [no object, with adverbial] (Of a liquid) splash: heavy droplets of rain splatter on to the windscreen
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    • She sighed and continued to watch the grass slightly shake as the water splattered onto them.
    • Droplets splattered onto my sweatshirt, seeping through the thin fabric and chilling my skin.
    • The blade pierced his shoulder and droplets of blood splattered onto the wall.
  • 2 informal Prominently or sensationally publish (a story) in a newspaper: the story is splattered over pages two and three
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    • If you become famous enough to be mentioned in the local or even regional news then your face will be splattered over all the news screens.
    • However, what was even more sad was to see the pictures of Foe splattered across every national newspaper the next morning.
    • The action film Spider-Man, already splattered over billboards across America's big cities, will be released on May 3 in the US.


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  • 1A spot or trail of a thick or viscous liquid splashed over a surface or object: each puddle we crossed threw a splatter of mud on the windshield
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    • The post ripped out of the thick mud with a sharp sucking sound and a splatter of wet dirt, and the ropes slipped from Talon's wrist.
    • A splatter of blood streaked itself across several of the tomes and was only interrupted once where one book did not have any on it.
    • With his ebony talons came a splatter of that liquid heat and a chunk of flesh.
  • 2 [as modifier] informal Denoting or referring to films featuring many violent and gruesome deaths: a splatter movie
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    • He started out making no-budget splatter films, only to go on to helm one of the most successful cinematic trilogies of all time.
    • The film revels in blood and gore, but this is not just a run-of-the-mill splatter film.
    • A splatter film's charge is to keep upping the atrocity ante as it zooms into the murderer's soul.


late 18th century: imitative.

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