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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from sputter

splutter

verb
     
Related topics: Textures, Sounds
splut‧ter
1 [intransitive and transitive] to talk quickly in short confused phrases, especially because you are angry or surprised [= ]:
'But ... but ... I can't believe... how could you?' she spluttered.
splutter with
Katie was spluttering with rage.
2CSHBH [intransitive] to make a series of short sharp noises:
The engine spluttered into life.
splutter noun [countable]

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