sputter - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlesputtering
past tensesputtered
past participlesputtered
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to speak or say something in a confused way, often while taking short quick breaths, for example because you are shocked or angry
  2. 2
    [intransitive] if an engine sputters, it makes noises like small explosions and seems likely to stop
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if an activity sputters, it continues with difficulty and seems likely to stop