Definition of spatter in English:

spatter

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Cover with drops or spots of something.

    ‘passing vehicles spattered his shoes and trousers with mud’
    • ‘He slammed into the opposing wall, spattering it with blood.’
    • ‘Blood spattered her black robe and she cringed.’
    • ‘There's a movie shot: an innocent, 10-year-old child with one spattered line of blood across the face, and perfectly emotionless.’
    • ‘Someone tossed a melon-rind at Adriana's feet; drops of cool slime spattered her ankles.’
    • ‘He screamed, flecks of spit spattering her face.’
    • ‘Dark drops spattered on the ground and she stilled.’
    • ‘She coughed, her hand over her mouth and when she pulled it away, blood was spattered on it.’
    • ‘This time blood spattered on his hand as he covered his mouth.’
    • ‘Blood spattered the walls when one of the younger men tried to defend the Inn and his family.’
    • ‘Checking them over, both were dirty and blood spattered but none of it theirs.’
    • ‘He could feel the blood spattering his shoulder.’
    • ‘Although blood spattered the walls, the pillar of light still stood.’
    • ‘Various scorch marks and spattered blood let her know she had indeed missed something.’
    splash, bespatter, splatter, spray, sprinkle, spritz, shower, speck, speckle, fleck, mottle, blotch, smear, stain, mark, dirty, soil, daub, cover
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    1. 1.1 Scatter or splash (liquid, mud, etc.) over a surface.
      ‘he spatters grease all over the cooker’
      • ‘This will cause the paint to spatter on the surface.’
      • ‘Jason finally sprinted ahead, and jumped into the pool, spattering us with water.’
      • ‘Sprinklers were spattering the freshly mowed lawn on the football field with tiny droplets of water.’
      • ‘A shower of fluid spattered the shaving mirror.’
      • ‘The man fell against the railing as soapy water splashed everywhere, spattering the deck and running off the ship through the rails.’
      splash, wet, spray, shower, bespatter, splatter, sprinkle
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    2. 1.2no object Fall so as to be scattered over an area.
      ‘she watched the raindrops spatter down’
      • ‘Light rain began to fall, but made no noise as it spattered on the sheer-plated roofs.’
      • ‘She watched as it spattered on the ground far below.’
      • ‘Rain was falling on the plains beyond the window, fat drops spattering soundlessly on the glass.’
      • ‘The rain spattered against the window.’

noun

  • 1A spray or splash of something.

    ‘she stood clear of the spatter of water that came off the steps’
    • ‘I rolled to the side and I coughed, and I saw a small spatter of blood fall to the floor.’
    • ‘The rain spatters on the windows and doors heavily.’
    • ‘Not a tired old coulis swiggle or powdery spatter among the lot.’
    • ‘It occupies the entire 6-foot-high composition, with ink spatters, sgraffito and handprints enlivening the surface.’
    • ‘To control spatters and the residue of cooking fumes, the entire kitchen should be washed with a good degreaser at least once a week.’
    • ‘The blood spatter was even more horrible than before.’
    • ‘Outside, the sky was dark and I could hear the spitter spatter of rain along with the thunder.’
    • ‘Black walls are patterned with a brown spatter of knots.’
    • ‘Isabelle gazed down at her faded denim dungarees which were covered in spatters of colourful paint.’
    • ‘It was a breathable atmosphere but cold and wet, thanks to the spatter of rainfall against the canopy.’
    • ‘The spatter of rain pounded on the windows of what seemed like a apartment loft of some kind.’
    • ‘Both he and the vehicle bore orangish spatter marks.’
    • ‘It glinted in the sunlight, sending a bright spatter of colour over the cement.’
    • ‘All of his clothes were covered in paint spatters.’
    • ‘They're practical and help protect clothes against spatters and spills.’
    • ‘Thick daubs and spatters of paint represent the fruit and jugs.’
    • ‘She stood at the water's edge and felt a spatter hit her face.’
    • ‘I grabbed a pair of tight blue jeans with paint spatters dotting them.’
    • ‘We stop beside spatters of brown blood on a ceiling and a floor.’
    • ‘Prosecutors say he is tied to the crime by witnesses, blood spatters, ballistics and DNA analysis.’
    mark, spot, spatter, splatter, blotch, blemish, smudge, smear
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    1. 1.1 A sprinkling.
      ‘there was a spatter of freckles over her nose’
      • ‘Anyway, there was a spatter of water just pouring off this lip.’
      • ‘A spatter of bullets told Hoffman of the attempted attack.’
    2. 1.2 A short outburst of sound.
      ‘the sharp spatter of shots’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

spatter

/ˈspatə/