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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from Dutch spatten 'to burst, flow out strongly'


spat‧ter [intransitive and transitive]
if a liquid spatters, or if something spatters it, drops of it fall or are thrown all over a surface [= splatter]
spatter somebody/something with something
The walls were spattered with blood.
spatter something on/over etc something
a sweatshirt with paint spattered over it
spatter on/across/over etc
The first drops of rain spattered on the stones.
spatter noun [countable]

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