Etymology
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splatter (v.)

1784 (but earlier in splatterdash (1772), variant of spatterdash); perhaps a blend of spatter and splash.

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Definitions of splatter
1
splatter (v.)
cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container;
splatter water
Synonyms: spill / slop
splatter (v.)
dash a liquid upon or against;
Synonyms: spatter / plash / splash / splosh / swash
2
splatter (n.)
the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively;
Synonyms: spatter / spattering / splattering / sputter / splutter / sputtering
splatter (n.)
a small quantity of something moist or liquid;
a splatter of mud
Synonyms: dab / splash
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