Other forms: splattered; splattering; splatters

In horror movies, you'll see a lot of blood splattering on walls. Ick. To splatter is to splash liquid. A splatter is also the spot the liquid makes.

When you spill some liquid on the ground, the sound it makes is splat. Splash a lot of it, and you have a splatter — drops of the liquid across a large area. If you are frying meat in a hot pan, the grease will splatter across the stove and counter near it. In the figurative use, gossip about a celebrity's mishaps is often splattered throughout a gossip magazine like spilled milk on a floor.

Definitions of splatter
  1. verb
    dash a liquid upon or against
    synonyms: plash, spatter, splash, splosh, swash
    see moresee less
    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
    cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container
    splatter water”
    synonyms: slop, spill
    disgorge, shed, spill
    cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over
    run out, spill
    flow, run or fall out and become lost
    see moresee less
    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  3. noun
    a small quantity of something moist or liquid
    “a splatter of mud”
    synonyms: dab, splash
    see moresee less
    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  4. noun
    the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
    synonyms: spatter, spattering, splattering, splutter, sputter, sputtering
    see moresee less
    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
Cite this entry
  • MLA
  • APA
  • Chicago

Copy citation
DISCLAIMER: These example sentences appear in various news sources and books to reflect the usage of the word ‘splatter'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of or its editors. Send us feedback
Word Family

Look up splatter for the last time

Close your vocabulary gaps with personalized learning that focuses on teaching the words you need to know.

VocabTrainer -'s Vocabulary Trainer