splutterverb [ I ]uk /ˈsplʌt.ər/ us /ˈsplʌt̬.ɚ/
[ + speech ] "But, er ... when, um, ... how?" he spluttered.
noun [ C ] uk us
(Definition of “splutter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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to (cause someone to) be in a position in which the lower part of the body is resting on a seat or other type of support, with the upper part of the body vertical