Putter vs Sputter - What's the difference?

putter | sputter |


As verbs the difference between putter and sputter

is that putter is (label) to be active, but not excessively busy, at a task or a series of tasks while sputter is to spit, or to emit saliva from the mouth in small, scattered portions, as in rapid speaking.

As nouns the difference between putter and sputter

is that putter is who puts or places or putter can be (golf) a golf club specifically intended for a putt while sputter is moist matter thrown out in small detached particles; also, confused and hasty speech.

putter

English

Etymology 1

Alteration of

Verb

(en verb)
  • (label) To be active, but not excessively busy, at a task or a series of tasks.
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    Etymology 2

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • who puts or places.
  • One who pushes the small wagons in a coal mine.
  • Etymology 3

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (golf) A golf club specifically intended for a putt.
  • (golf) A person who is taking a putt or putting.
  • See also

    * shot-putter English heteronyms ----

    sputter

    English

    Noun

    (-)
  • Moist matter thrown out in small detached particles; also, confused and hasty speech.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To spit, or to emit saliva from the mouth in small, scattered portions, as in rapid speaking.
  • To utter words hastily and indistinctly; to speak so rapidly as to emit saliva.
  • * Congreve
  • They could neither of them speak their rage, and so fell a sputtering at one another, like two roasting apples.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • To sputter out the basest accusations.
  • To throw out anything, as little jets of steam, with a noise like that made by one sputtering.
  • * Dryden
  • Like the green wood sputtering in the flame.
  • To spit out hastily by quick, successive efforts, with a spluttering sound; to utter hastily and confusedly, without control over the organs of speech.
  • In the midst of caresses, and without the last pretend incitement, to sputter out the basest accusations. -Swift.
  • (physics) To cause surface atoms or electrons of a solid to be ejected by bombarding it with heavy atoms or ions
  • (physics) To coat the surface of an object by sputtering
  • See also

    * spit nails

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