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sputter

verb uk   /ˈspʌt.ər/ us    /ˈspʌt̬.ɚ/

sputter verb (SOUND)

[I or T] to make several quick explosive sounds: The car sputtered once or twice and then stopped.

sputter verb (ACTIVITY)

[I] literary If an activity sputters, it is weak and varied, and does not make people feel confident about it: Russia's presidential campaign sputtered to an uneasy close on Monday.
sputter
noun [C] uk   us  
The engine wouldn't start - it gave one or two sputters but that was all.
Translations of “sputter”
in Chinese (Traditional) 聲音, (使)發出劈啪聲…
in Russian фыркать, чихать…
in Turkish tıslamak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 声音, (使)发出噼啪声…
in Polish prychać…
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