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sputter

sput·ter

sputter

 
 
pronunciation:
spuh tr
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: sputtered, sputtering, sputters
definition 1: to speak or exclaim rapidly and explosively, often emitting saliva or bits of food, as in anger or confusion.
definition 2: to make a rapid series of exploding or popping noises, as a faulty engine.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to utter or exclaim (something) rapidly and explosively, as in anger or confusion.
She sputtered a hasty apology.
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part of speech: noun
definition: the act or sound of sputtering.
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derivation: sputteringly (adv.)
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