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English noun: sputter

1. sputter (event) the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively

SamplesHe heard a spatter of gunfire.

Synonymsspatter, spattering, splatter, splattering, splutter, sputtering

Broader (hypernym)noise

2. sputter (communication) an utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage)


Broader (hypernym)utterance, vocalization

English verb: sputter

1. sputter (perception) make an explosive sound

SamplesSputtering engines.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)pop

2. sputter (change) cause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed

SamplesThe solar wind protons must sputter away the surface atoms of the dust.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

3. sputter (motion) climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

Synonymsclamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, struggle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)climb

4. sputter (communication) utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage

ExamplesCars sputter in the streets , The streets sputter with cars


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)emit, let loose, let out, utter

5. sputter (body) spit up in an explosive manner

Synonymsspit out, splutter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cough out, cough up, expectorate, spit out, spit up

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