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English definition of “splutter”

splutter

verb [I]     /ˈsplʌt.ər/ US  /ˈsplʌt̬.ɚ/
(of a person) to speak in a quick and confused way, producing short, unclear noises because of surprise, anger, etc., or (of a person or thing) to make a series of noises similar to this: The old gentleman was spluttering with indignation. [+ speech] "But, er ... when, um, ... how?" he spluttered. She took too big a gulp of whisky and started to cough and splutter.Ways of talking splutter     noun [C] Starting fires
(Definition of splutter verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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