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

v dash a liquid upon or against

plash, splash, splatter, splosh, swash
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

v spot, splash, or soil

“The baby spattered the bib with food”
Type of:
blob, blot, fleck, spot
make a spot or mark onto

v rain gently

patter, pitter-patter, spit, sprinkle
Type of:
rain, rain down
precipitate as rain

n the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface

spattering, splash, splashing, splattering
Type of:
the act of applying paint to a surface

n the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively

“he heard a spatter of gunfire”
spattering, splatter, splattering, splutter, sputter, sputtering
Type of:
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

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