Definition of splatter in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Splash with a sticky or viscous liquid.

    ‘a passing cart rolled by, splattering him with mud’
    • ‘The liquid splattered Cynthia's expensive sandals and she shrieked.’
    • ‘The inner wall was splattered with mud caused by a storm.’
    • ‘Just as I helped R. into the stylist's chair the heavens opened up and sheets of rain descended with liquid force, splattering the windows and instantly flooding the parking lot.’
    • ‘Her face was splattered with specks of mud and dirt, and beads of sweat were forming on her hairline.’
    • ‘‘Hey’, she said as she slapped his hand that was holding the straw, making it come out and splatter her with Caramel thick shake.’
    • ‘Cora determinedly dismounted from Nivo and approached the cursing middle-aged man, who was splattered with mud.’
    • ‘Now a light rain began to fall, and the three queens began kicking up mud in their wake, splattering themselves and everyone as they sped for the finish.’
    • ‘Two more shots hit the log, and splattered my back with splotches of red, but none hit me.’
    • ‘Some of the less viscous sludge material was airborne, spinning and splattering the weeds and me.’
    • ‘It was still going quite fast at the time, and the lemonade, caught in the wind, was carried along the length of the carriage, splattering passengers in every compartment as it was blown through the windows.’
    • ‘Buck has no recollection of allegedly attacking cabin staff, splattering them with yoghurt or trying to leave the plane at 35,000 ft, saying he wanted ‘to go home’.’
    • ‘Fringe photographer and subculture chronicler Charles Gatewood quickly added mess to his extreme repertoire, and New York nightclubs began splattering their go-go dancers with liquid latex.’
    • ‘This follows reports in Durban's Daily News this month that motorists were deliberately taking their number plates off or splattering them with mud, cooking spray or clear polish to avoid being caught.’
    splash, bespatter, spray, sprinkle, spritz, shower, speck, speckle, fleck, mottle, blotch, smear, stain, mark, dirty, soil, daub, cover
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    1. 1.1 Splash (a liquid) over a surface or object.
      • ‘Dozens were injured in the attack, and blood was splattered on the ground in the temple with the injured wandering around in shock and pain in the aftermath.’
      • ‘It splashed down into the shopping cart, splattering mucus in every direction.’
      • ‘The bird clawed weakly at the arrow's shaft and its body gave small flutters, splattering blood.’
      • ‘He had barely shut his door when she rumbled down the tote road, splattering mud every which way.’
      • ‘The carriage wheel hit a mud puddle and splattered mud all over Michael, but he didn't care.’
      • ‘In no time, his last ounce of resolve left him and he fell face first into the bowl, splattering droplets of broth everywhere.’
      • ‘The attack, inside a government-run religious school, shattered windows and pockmarked the walls with shrapnel and splattered blood.’
      • ‘He had head injuries and blood was splattered on the road.’
      • ‘McCann said the man threw a folded paper ‘full of feces’ across a counter, hitting the woman in the stomach and splattering feces on her, the counter and the floor.’
      • ‘A slow motion sequence is accompanied by screams and splattered blood.’
      • ‘Blood was splattered on the walls of the mangled buses.’
      • ‘This is a great ritual to do with friends, as you'll likely end up giggling and dancing in the mud, splattering it around and twirling.’
      • ‘Wherever the thirsty birds drank, they also splattered the sugar water causing Mother to do battle with the resulting ants.’
      • ‘Fuel oil was splattered all over a public square, coating pavements, benches, flowerbeds.’
      • ‘When it was over, blood splattered the walls and the deer lay on the bedroom floor, its neck broken.’
      • ‘The swamp's stench filled his nostrils as he rushed through the mud, splattering the grime and getting ever closer to the adversary.’
      • ‘What appears to be blood was splattered on the ivy which surrounds the front door of the Royds Avenue home.’
      • ‘Taking advantage of her distraction, the swordsman-in-training managed to splatter a handful of mud across her face, grinning when she glared at him.’
      • ‘I reached my hand in the pool and splattered some water in his face.’
      • ‘She hit the surface and splattered the red fluid everywhere.’
      overflow, flow, pour, run, slop, slosh, splash
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    2. 1.2no object (of such a liquid) splash.
      ‘heavy droplets of rain splatter onto the windshield’
      • ‘She sighed and continued to watch the grass slightly shake as the water splattered onto them.’
      • ‘Sure enough, a half-dozen tiny streams of green liquid were splattering on the floor of the vent.’
      • ‘A drop of hot oil splattered up on the cook's hand and he dropped the bird the rest of the way into the pot and took three quick steps backward.’
      • ‘A droplet of water splattered on an extension in the wall to his left, the drop splattering on his cheek.’
      • ‘Now of course you see that the water starts splattering.’
      • ‘When searing the meat, if oil is splattering out of the pan, you have the heat too high.’
      • ‘Droplets splattered relentlessly against my face.’
      • ‘Droplets splattered onto my sweatshirt, seeping through the thin fabric and chilling my skin.’
      • ‘Vykal suddenly found himself covered with a crimson liquid that had splattered onto his clothes when it was released from the gem.’
      • ‘She flew back, screaming in pain as blue liquid splattered all over the walls.’
      • ‘A warm drop of rain splattered onto the side of my face.’
      • ‘Tiny water droplets splattered across his reflection in the mirror at which he stared at ominously.’
      • ‘Rain splattered down onto her lifeless form, drenching her jet black hair.’
      • ‘Water droplets splattered across my entire body as I walked down several streets and through various water-filled gutters.’
      • ‘Jason shook his head, water splattering down his tanned chest, and dripping off his bare shoulders.’
      • ‘I stared down at the ground as my tear droplets splattered on the ground.’
      • ‘I whipped my head over, water splattering down the wall in front of me.’
      • ‘Just then a great flash of lightning split the sky in two and the first heavy drops of rain splattered onto the ground and into the pond.’
      • ‘She agreed cheerfully, turning her face up towards the rain, letting the heavy droplets splatter against her drenched face and hair.’
      • ‘The blade pierced his shoulder and droplets of blood splattered onto the wall.’
    3. 1.3informal Prominently or sensationally publish (a story) in a newspaper.
      ‘the story is splattered over pages two and three’
      • ‘Aviation safety concerns used to splatter across the front pages of our newspaper regularly.’
      • ‘The Wall Street Journal splatters pictures of your stars down page one.’
      • ‘However, what was even more sad was to see the pictures of Foe splattered across every national newspaper the next morning.’
      • ‘Charlie Sheen was mocked for years for being an alcoholic, Christian Slater had his heroin addiction splattered all over the front pages.’
      • ‘The action film Spider-Man, already splattered over billboards across America's big cities, will be released on May 3 in the US.’
      • ‘I know I wouldn't - there's nothing very shameful in my past or present, but any number of things I don't want splattered across page nineteen of a tabloid.’
      • ‘Front pages splattered with images are testimony to a media that has stopped trying to explain or report objectively.’
      • ‘Even when our yearbook pictures were splattered around national headlines, I've stayed pretty cagey.’
      • ‘If you become famous enough to be mentioned in the local or even regional news then your face will be splattered over all the news screens.’
      publicize, make known, make public, bring to public attention, bring to public notice, announce, report, communicate, impart, disclose, reveal, divulge, leak, publish, broadcast, transmit, issue, post, put out, distribute, spread, unfold, disseminate, circulate, air, herald, trumpet, advertise, proclaim, promulgate
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  • 1A spot or trail of a sticky or viscous liquid splashed over a surface or object.

    ‘each puddle we crossed threw a splatter of mud on the windshield’
    • ‘With his ebony talons came a splatter of that liquid heat and a chunk of flesh.’
    • ‘A splatter of blood and a falling body came from the noise.’
    • ‘He pointed to the bottom where there was a splatter of yellow.’
    • ‘The drama unfolds through energetic play between the demons and the invading swords: black blood, a splatter of entrails, a missing leg.’
    • ‘His pale skin showed a splatter of freckles spread across the bridge of his nose.’
    • ‘He has entered the realm of one-off shows after a period of gradually whittling down the length of his runs to a splatter of nights here and there.’
    • ‘Jake was laughing and I threw a piece of General Tso's Chicken at him, which hit him right below his left eye, leaving a splatter of sauce on his cheek.’
    • ‘A splatter of blood streaked itself across several of the tomes and was only interrupted once where one book did not have any on it.’
    • ‘Gun shots split ghouls' heads completely in half in a splatter of black gore and ichor.’
    • ‘The post ripped out of the thick mud with a sharp sucking sound and a splatter of wet dirt, and the ropes slipped from Talon's wrist.’
    • ‘Cathal just grinned and flopped his head back down to the floor with a splatter of drool.’
    • ‘A splatter of the eerie, black blood spilled out of his body in a sickening gurgle as he expired.’
    • ‘Mariposa dodged a splatter of blood and buzzed off into the night.’
    • ‘There was a splatter of blood as the dagger was drawn back.’
    • ‘He had a cute pug-nose with a splatter of freckles across his tanned cheeks.’
    • ‘Each blow with the mace caused a splatter of Orc, and the spears were used either to skewer or simply as clubs.’
    • ‘This is certainly exciting, and I am almost sorry when we skid to a halt in a splatter of mud.’
    • ‘He remembered how she would squeal when a splatter of hot grease would burn her, and she wouldn't cry a single tear despite her pain.’
    • ‘Her nails pulled across them and they popped with a splatter of liquid and she smiled a little.’
    • ‘There were small stain glass windows lining the walls with lots of red, green and a splatter of blue.’
    mark, spot, spatter, splatter, blotch, blemish, smudge, smear
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  • 2informal as modifier Denoting or referring to films featuring many violent and gruesome deaths.

    ‘a splatter movie’
    • ‘That said I was left smiling by this outrageously dumb splatter thriller.’
    • ‘But where the play differs from splatter movies is that McDonagh has a clear moral viewpoint.’
    • ‘But what this film is, above all else, is relentlessly brutal and gory beyond what was available in many vintage splatter movies from the 1970s.’
    • ‘The film revels in blood and gore, but this is not just a run-of-the-mill splatter film.’
    • ‘Juan Cole covers a lot of ground in a many-sided examination of issues raised by Mel Gibson's splatter movie.’
    • ‘A splatter film's charge is to keep upping the atrocity ante as it zooms into the murderer's soul.’
    • ‘The other thing is that Jackson appears to want to make another one of his good old splatter movies on the weekends.’
    • ‘By the late 1980s, Wes Craven had carved out a niche for himself as guru favorite in the horror and splatter genre.’
    • ‘The walls were wrapped in posters of men holding guitars and classic splatter movie posters.’
    • ‘He started out making no-budget splatter films, only to go on to helm one of the most successful cinematic trilogies of all time.’


Late 18th century: imitative.