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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Dutch
Origin: sputteren

sputter

verb
     
sput‧ter
1 [intransitive] if something such as an engine or a fire sputters, it makes short soft uneven noises like very small explosions [= splutter]:
Suddenly the engine sputtered and stopped.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to talk quickly in short confused phrases, especially because you are angry or shocked [= splutter]:
'What do you mean?' sputtered Annabelle.
sputter noun [uncountable and countable]

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