I. verb Etymology: akin to Dutch sputteren to sputter Date: 1598 transitive verb 1. to spit or squirt from the mouth with explosive sounds 2. to utter hastily or explosively in confusion or excitement <
“that's ridiculous!” she sputtered
3. to dislodge (atoms) from the surface of a material by collision with high energy particles; also to deposit (a metallic film) by such a process intransitive verb 1. to spit or squirt particles of food or saliva noisily from the mouth 2. to speak explosively or confusedly in anger or excitement 3. to make explosive popping sounds • sputterer noun II. noun Date: 1673 1. confused and excited speech or discussion 2. the act or sound of sputtering

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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