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 for sputter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sputter \Sput"ter\, v. t.
     To spit out hastily by quick, successive efforts, with a
     spluttering sound; to utter hastily and confusedly, without
     control over the organs of speech.
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           In the midst of caresses, and without the least
           pretended incitement, to sputter out the basest
           accusations.                             --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sputter \Sput"ter\, n.
     Moist matter thrown out in small detached particles; also,
     confused and hasty speech.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sputter \Sput"ter\ (sp[u^]t"t[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Sputtered (-t[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Sputtering.] [From
     the root of spout or spit to eject from the mouth. Cf.
     Splutter.]
     1. To spit, or to emit saliva from the mouth in small,
        scattered portions, as in rapid speaking.
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     2. To utter words hastily and indistinctly; to speak so
        rapidly as to emit saliva.
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              They could neither of them speak their rage, and so
              fell a sputtering at one another, like two roasting
              apples.                               --Congreve.
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     3. To throw out anything, as little jets of steam, with a
        noise like that made by one sputtering.
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              Like the green wood . . . sputtering in the flame.
                                                    --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sputter
      n 1: the noise of something spattering or sputtering
           explosively; "he heard a spatter of gunfire" [syn:
           spatter, spattering, splatter, splattering,
           sputter, splutter, sputtering]
      2: an utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage)
         [syn: sputter, splutter]
      v 1: make an explosive sound; "sputtering engines"
      2: cause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed; "The
         solar wind protons must sputter away the surface atoms of the
         dust"
      3: climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling [syn: clamber,
         scramble, shin, shinny, skin, struggle, sputter]
      4: utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage [syn: sputter,
         splutter]
      5: spit up in an explosive manner [syn: splutter, sputter,
         spit out]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  165 Moby Thesaurus words for "sputter":
     assibilate, assibilation, barrage, beat, beat a ruffle,
     beat a tattoo, beating, bicker, blubber, bluff, bluster,
     bluster and bluff, blustering, boastfulness, bounce, brag, bravado,
     bully, bullying, bustle, buzz, crackle, dance, drone, drum,
     drum music, drumbeat, drumfire, drumming, effervesce,
     effervescence, effervescing, ejaculate, eject, fanfaronade, fizz,
     fizzle, fizzling, flap, flick, flicker, flip, flit, flitter, flop,
     flurry, fluster, flutter, frication, frictional rustling, fuss,
     gabble, gasconade, gibber, go pitapat, gutter, heckle, hector,
     hectoring, hiss, hissing, hush, hushing, intimidate, intimidation,
     jabber, lisp, maunder, mouth, mumble, murmur, mutter,
     out-herod Herod, palpitate, palpitation, paradiddle, patter,
     pitapat, pitter-patter, pop, pound, pounding, pulsate, pulsation,
     pulse, quiver, rage, rant, rat-a-tat, rat-tat, rat-tat-tat,
     rataplan, rattattoo, rave, rhonchus, rip out, rodomontade, roister,
     roll, rollick, rub-a-dub, ruff, ruffle, shake, shush, shushing,
     sibilance, sibilate, sibilation, side, siffle, sigmatism, siss,
     sissing, sizz, sizzle, sizzling, slang, slat, sneeze, sneezing,
     sniff, sniffle, snore, snort, snuff, snuffle, sob, sound a tattoo,
     spatter, speak incoherently, spit, splatter, splutter, squash,
     squelch, squish, staccato, sternutation, susurrate, swagger,
     swashbuckle, swashbucklery, swish, tat-tat, tattoo, throb,
     throbbing, throw out, thrum, thump, thumping, tom-tom, vapor, wave,
     waver, wheeze, whish, whisper, whistle, whistling, white noise,
     whiz, whoosh, zip
  
  

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