I. verb Etymology: akin to Frisian spatterje to spatter, Middle Dutch bespatten to splash Date: 1600 intransitive verb to spurt forth in scattered drops <
blood spattering everywhere
transitive verb 1. to splash with or as if with a liquid; also to soil in this way <
his coat was spattered with mud
2. to scatter by or as if by splashing <
spatter water
3. to cover with or as if with splashes or spots 4. to cast aspersions on ; defame <
spattered my reputation
II. noun Date: 1797 1. a. the act or process of spattering ; the state of being spattered b. the noise of spattering 2. a. a drop or splash spattered on something or a spot or stain due to spattering b. a small amount or number ; sprinkle <
a spatter of applause

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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