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English definition of “sputter”

sputter

verb [I or T] (SOUND)    /ˈspʌt.ər/ US  /ˈspʌt̬.ɚ/
to make several quick explosive sounds: The car sputtered once or twice and then stopped.Sounds made by objects, movement or impact sputter     noun [C] The engine wouldn't start - it gave one or two sputters but that was all.Sounds made by objects, movement or impact
(Definition of sputter verb (SOUND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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