clatter

verb
clat·​ter | \ ˈkla-tər How to pronounce clatter (audio) \
clattered; clattering; clatters

Definition of clatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a rattling sound the dishes clattered on the shelf
2 : to talk noisily or rapidly
3 : to move or go with a clatter clattered down the stairs

transitive verb

: to cause to clatter

clatter

noun

Definition of clatter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a rattling sound (as of hard bodies striking together) the clatter of pots and pans
2 : commotion the midday clatter of the business district
3 : noisy chatter

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Other Words from clatter

Verb

clatterer \ ˈkla-​tər-​ər How to pronounce clatterer (audio) \ noun
clatteringly \ ˈkla-​tə-​riŋ-​lē How to pronounce clatteringly (audio) \ adverb

Noun

clattery \ ˈkla-​tə-​rē How to pronounce clattery (audio) \ adjective

Examples of clatter in a Sentence

Verb The shutters clattered against the house. He heard dishes clattering in the kitchen. The box dropped and dozens of marbles clattered across the floor. The wagon clattered down the road. Noun the clatter of a crowded cafeteria
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, thousands of tailors usually work from tiny studios tucked between barber shops and corner stores, or in clattering rows in the fabric section of markets. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Face masks unleash creativity: ‘You can be part of the bigger story’," 3 June 2020 Subway trains clattered along their tracks, their doors squealing open to disgorge crowds of passengers. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘If you don’t work you don’t eat’: Where lockdowns have extra sting," 20 Apr. 2020 At a section of uneven sidewalk, the robot paused, as if in thought, before clattering over the break. Washington Post, "24 hours inside the lives upended by coronavirus in the nation’s capital," 2 Apr. 2020 Like his predecessors for nearly 200 years, General Kelley and his wife lived in elegance in a historic Washington residence with high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, a reputed ghost and a view of parade grounds clattering with ceremonial drills. New York Times, "Gen. Paul X. Kelley, Top Marine Tested by a Bombing, Dies at 91," 31 Dec. 2019 Gizmo clattered up to him with his favorite toy, a velvet bone, and Hendrix chuckled. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "Evicted for having cancer, disabled house painter lands in a place of his own," 28 Nov. 2019 New turn lanes will stripe the roadway, diverting traffic from a transit spine that’s intended to be a grand promenade, rife with bicycles and clattering streetcars. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Car-free Market Street," 24 Jan. 2020 These reusable cotton totes are sized like standard paper grocery bags (15 x 12 x 7 inches), with six pop-out bottle sleeves to help keep your bottles from clattering. Popular Science, "The best reusable bags for toting your groceries," 8 Dec. 2019 On rough pavement, my molars clattered from the stiff ride on its noninflatable tires. Wired, "Stop Renting E-Scooters Every Day and Just Buy One Already!," 24 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its keening climb to the redline is an orchestra of solid-lifter clatter, half-civilized exhaust bark, and the vigorous snorting of air through one hungry venturi. Don Sherman, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1962 Chevrolet Corvette vs 1982 Chevrolet Corvette," 31 Aug. 2020 Awakened by the clatter outside, Balasek crammed a haphazard assortment of clothing into a duffel bag: underwear, socks, a few shirts. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hennessey Fire’s trail from Napa County to Vacaville," 3 Sep. 2020 Over the album’s fifty minutes, sonic booms coalesce into rhythms only to tear themselves apart, amid invocations of marching bands, the communion of a drum circle, free-jazz riffing, and the rabble-rousing clatter of a protest’s makeshift drumline. Jesse Dorris, The New Yorker, "How DeForrest Brown, Jr., Centers the Black Body in Techno Music," 15 Aug. 2020 Unfortunately, this large four-cylinder idles with the clatter of a diesel and is boomy through the top half of the tachometer. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Cadillac CT4 450T AWD Qualifies as Mediocre," 14 Aug. 2020 But today the clatter was lighter, from 40-millimeter Bofors guns, suggesting a lower-flying target. Jamie Holmes, Wired, "The American Scientists Who Saved London From Nazi Drones," 4 Aug. 2020 Unfortunately, this large four-cylinder idles with the clatter of a diesel and is alarmingly boomy through the top half of the tachometer. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Cadillac CT4 450T Suffers from a Lack of Refinement," 8 July 2020 Through the gears—a short-notch Ford Sierra box—there's precious little din and clatter, surprising in a kit car. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1993 Caterham Super 7 Blends the Lightweight Purity of the Lotus 7 With A Modern Drivetrain," 28 June 2020 The center is now filled with the clatter and beeping of 3D printers in full production mode, all 12 of them pumping out more masks. AZCentral.com, "With a shortage of face masks, Phoenix hospital turns to 3D printing," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of clatter

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clatter

Verb

Middle English clatren, from Old English *clatrian; of imitative origin

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The first known use of clatter was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Clatter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clatter. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for clatter

clatter

verb
How to pronounce clatter (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of clatter

: to make a quick series of short loud sounds

clatter

verb
clat·​ter | \ ˈkla-tər How to pronounce clatter (audio) \
clattered; clattering

Kids Definition of clatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make or cause to make a rattling sound Dishes clattered in the kitchen.
2 : to move or go with a rattling sound The cart clattered down the road.

clatter

noun

Kids Definition of clatter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a rattling sound (as of hard objects striking together) the clatter of pots and pans
2 : commotion She … burst into the schoolroom with such a noise and a clatter that Tommy and Annika … jumped in their seats.— Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

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