verb clat·ter \ˈkla-tər\

: to make a quick series of short loud sounds

Full Definition of CLATTER

intransitive verb
:  to make a rattling sound <the dishes clattered on the shelf>
:  to talk noisily or rapidly
:  to move or go with a clatter <clattered down the stairs>
transitive verb
:  to cause to clatter
clat·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun
clat·ter·ing·ly \ˈkla-tə-riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of CLATTER

  1. The shutters clattered against the house.
  2. He heard dishes clattering in the kitchen.
  3. The box dropped and dozens of marbles clattered across the floor.
  4. The wagon clattered down the road.

Origin of CLATTER

Middle English clatren, from Old English *clatrian; of imitative origin
First Known Use: 13th century



Definition of CLATTER

:  a rattling sound (as of hard bodies striking together) <the clatter of pots and pans>
:  commotion <the midday clatter of the business district>
:  noisy chatter
clat·tery \ˈkla-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of CLATTER

  1. <the clatter of a crowded cafeteria>

First Known Use of CLATTER

14th century


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