If you spatter something, you splash it with tiny drops of a liquid, like the way the artist Jackson Pollock dripped and spattered paint across a large canvas.

You can spatter sauce across your stretched-out pizza dough, and you can also listen to rain spatter against the windows during a storm. Spatter can describe the splashing of a substance, like paint on a piece of wood, or the sound something makes, like the spatter of pebbles against the side of the shed. Experts believe spatter comes from the imitative Low German verb spatten, "to spout or burst."

Definitions of spatter
  1. verb
    dash a liquid upon or against
    synonyms: plash, splash, splatter, splosh, swash
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    make a puddle by splashing water
    slosh, slosh around, slush, slush around
    spill or splash copiously or clumsily
    type of:
    disperse, dot, dust, scatter, sprinkle
    distribute loosely
  2. verb
    spot, splash, or soil
    “The baby spattered the bib with food”
    synonyms: bespatter
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    type of:
    blob, blot, fleck, spot
    make a spot or mark onto
  3. verb
    rain gently
    synonyms: patter, pitter-patter, spit, sprinkle
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    type of:
    rain, rain down
    precipitate as rain
  4. noun
    the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface
    synonyms: spattering, splash, splashing, splattering
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    type of:
    the act of applying paint to a surface
  5. noun
    the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
    synonyms: spattering, splatter, splattering, splutter, sputter, sputtering
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    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
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