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From a variant of sputter


splutter (third-person singular simple present splutters, present participle spluttering, simple past and past participle spluttered)

  1. to spray droplets while speaking
  2. to speak hurriedly and confusedly
  3. to perform to a substandard level
    • 2011 January 5, Mark Ashenden, “Wolverhampton 1 - 0 Chelsea”, BBC:
      Manchester City, Liverpool, Bolton and Manchester United come next for Wolves in the Premier League but McCarthy's men will fear no one after beating Chelsea for the first time in 18 years, while Ancelotti has much to ponder as his players continue to splutter.