The Chapter 16 instance of “splutter” occurs when Bilbo stumbles and falls into a stream on his super-silent mission to reach Bard without the dwarves’ knowledge. Definitely a funny bit of slapstick. Johnson (of “Boswell’s Life of___” fame) called this a low word, and I’ll happily take that evidence.
- 05.041 and spluttered.
- 05.073 and spluttered
- 08.109 so now they all began to splutter
- 08.123 and spluttered
- 09.055 He came up again spluttering
- 16.017 shivering and spluttering,
“splutter, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2015. Web. 20 May 2015.