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 screamed, flecks of spit spattering her face.’
    • ‘Checking them over, both were dirty and blood spattered but none of it theirs.’
    • ‘He could feel the blood spattering his shoulder.’
    • ‘There's a movie shot: an innocent, 10-year-old child with one spattered line of blood across the face, and perfectly emotionless.’
    • ‘This time blood spattered on his hand as he covered his mouth.’
    • ‘He slammed into the opposing wall, spattering it with blood.’
    • ‘Blood spattered her black robe and she cringed.’
    • ‘Various scorch marks and spattered blood let her know she had indeed missed something.’
    • ‘She coughed, her hand over her mouth and when she pulled it away, blood was spattered on it.’
    • ‘Although blood spattered the walls, the pillar of light still stood.’
    • ‘Blood spattered the walls when one of the younger men tried to defend the Inn and his family.’
    • ‘Dark drops spattered on the ground and she stilled.’
    • ‘Someone tossed a melon-rind at Adriana's feet; drops of cool slime spattered her ankles.’
    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’
      • ‘Sprinklers were spattering the freshly mowed lawn on the football field with tiny droplets of water.’
      • ‘This will cause the paint to spatter on the surface.’
      • ‘The man fell against the railing as soapy water splashed everywhere, spattering the deck and running off the ship through the rails.’
      • ‘A shower of fluid spattered the shaving mirror.’
      • ‘Jason finally sprinted ahead, and jumped into the pool, spattering us with water.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Light rain began to fall, but made no noise as it spattered on the sheer-plated roofs.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘She stood at the water's edge and felt a spatter hit her face.’
    • ‘Both he and the vehicle bore orangish spatter marks.’
    • ‘To control spatters and the residue of cooking fumes, the entire kitchen should be washed with a good degreaser at least once a week.’
    • ‘I rolled to the side and I coughed, and I saw a small spatter of blood fall to the floor.’
    • ‘Thick daubs and spatters of paint represent the fruit and jugs.’
    • ‘Outside, the sky was dark and I could hear the spitter spatter of rain along with the thunder.’
    • ‘Prosecutors say he is tied to the crime by witnesses, blood spatters, ballistics and DNA analysis.’
    • ‘It was a breathable atmosphere but cold and wet, thanks to the spatter of rainfall against the canopy.’
    • ‘The blood spatter was even more horrible than before.’
    • ‘They're practical and help protect clothes against spatters and spills.’
    • ‘Not a tired old coulis swiggle or powdery spatter among the lot.’
    • ‘Isabelle gazed down at her faded denim dungarees which were covered in spatters of colourful paint.’
    • ‘The spatter of rain pounded on the windows of what seemed like a apartment loft of some kind.’
    • ‘All of his clothes were covered in paint spatters.’
    • ‘The rain spatters on the windows and doors heavily.’
    • ‘Black walls are patterned with a brown spatter of knots.’
    • ‘It occupies the entire 6-foot-high composition, with ink spatters, sgraffito and handprints enlivening the surface.’
    • ‘It glinted in the sunlight, sending a bright spatter of colour over the cement.’
    • ‘We stop beside spatters of brown blood on a ceiling and a floor.’
    • ‘I grabbed a pair of tight blue jeans with paint spatters dotting them.’
    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’
      • ‘A spatter of bullets told Hoffman of the attempted attack.’
      • ‘Anyway, there was a spatter of water just pouring off this lip.’
    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/