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

v dash a liquid upon or against

plash, spatter, splash, 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 cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container

splatter water”
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
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

n a small quantity of something moist or liquid

“a splatter of mud”
dab, splash
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

n the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively

spatter, spattering, splattering, splutter, sputter, sputtering
Type of:
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

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