verb \ˈklə-tər\

: to fill or cover (something) with many things : to fill or cover (something) with clutter

Full Definition of CLUTTER

intransitive verb
chiefly dialect
:  to run in disorder
transitive verb
:  to fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness <a room cluttered with toys> —often used with up

Examples of CLUTTER

  1. The garage was cluttered with tools.
  2. Try to avoid cluttering your desk with books and papers.

Origin of CLUTTER

Middle English clotteren to clot, from clot
First Known Use: 1556



: a large amount of things that are not arranged in a neat or orderly way : a crowded or disordered collection of things

Full Definition of CLUTTER

a :  a crowded or confused mass or collection
b :  things that clutter a place
:  interfering radar echoes caused by reflection from objects (as on the ground) other than the target
chiefly dialect :  disturbance, hubbub

Examples of CLUTTER

  1. There's a lot of unnecessary clutter in the house.
  2. <a scrapbook that was a clutter of snapshots, diary entries, letters, and newspaper clippings>

First Known Use of CLUTTER



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