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English definition of “sputter”


verb [I] (ACTIVITY)    /ˈspʌt.ər/ US  /ˈspʌt̬.ɚ/ 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 .UncertaintyHesitatingAchievable 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
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