Adjective "spluttered" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Make a series of short explosive spitting or choking sounds.
  1. 'It overheated, it clunked, it smoked, stuttered, spluttered and on more than one occasion - blew up.'
  2. 'Kara sipped the one he handed her and spluttered.'
  3. 'Julia splutters as she swallows the last sip of her wine.'
  4. 'Will I emerge gasping and spluttering, bleary-eyed; or will I learn to hold my breath, to close my eyes?'
  5. 'Vic looked at them as a sooty Tom coughed and spluttered.'
  6. 'The heater coughed and spluttered loudly and we both laughed nervously, trying to ease the tension.'
  7. 'Trying to scramble back onto the bank all grace aside, she kicked and spluttered.'
  8. 'Her nostrils flare and she splutters, frothing bubbles from her nose, laying a thick trail of wrong wayed fluid in her wind pipe, but holding in the cough; drinking, and putting everything else on hold.'
  9. 'His brother spluttered all the way to the table but to no avail.'
  10. 'I run this by Mrs Webber who splutters for a second.'
  11. with object 'he began to splutter excuses'
  12. '‘You,’ he splutters, turning red in the face, ‘you've drugged her!’'
  13. 'The lips of the sentinel quivered as he spluttered out the words: ‘I - apologise, my Lord!’'
  14. 'That didn't matter, though, as the infuriated lord proceeded to splutter his way through a listing of the problems.'
  15. '‘Oh God,’ I spluttered, as I leapt to my feet and rushed to the bathroom.'
  16. '‘It's absolutely scandalous,’ he splutters.'
  17. 'spluttering brackish water, he struggled to regain his feet'
  18. 'Maybe it's the joy of playing it to friends who pride themselves on liking extreme music, and watching them splutter tea down their fronts.'


A short explosive spitting or choking noise.
  1. 'a splutter of laughter'
  2. 'A spindly old man produced a bagpipe and blew it in competition with the flutist, beginning in wild, warlike tones and ending with an ignominious splutter and hiss.'
  3. 'No sobs or splutters or hiccoughs spilled from her trembling lip, although, her lip did tremble.'
  4. 'Beth started the old car and after and few coughs, and splutters, it began to move.'
  5. 'She nodded, understanding, ignoring Aaron's splutters of indignation.'
  6. 'All this, including conversations à trois at cross-purposes, with three-way splutters, is supposed to make the play more interesting but merely makes it all the more annoying.'
  7. 'I find myself increasingly irritated by the occasional coughs and splutters of the audience.'

More definitions

1. to talk rapidly and somewhat incoherently, as when confused, excited, or embarrassed: When pushed for an explanation, he always spluttered.

2. to make a sputtering sound, or emit particles of something explosively, as water dropped onto a hot griddle.

3. to fly or fall in particles or drops; spatter, as a liquid. verb (used with object)

4. to utter hastily and confusedly or incoherently; sputter: Out of breath, she spluttered a poor excuse for her latenes

More examples(as adjective)

"outs can be spluttered."

"feeblies can be spluttered."

"dribbles can be spluttered."

"apologies can be spluttered."


(splutter)Late 17th century: imitative; compare with sputter.