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clatter

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verb clat·ter \ ˈkla-tər \

Definition of clatter

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

clatterer

play \-tər-ər\ noun

clatteringly

play \ˈkla-tə-riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of clatter in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of clatter

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

clatter Synonyms


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clatter

noun

Definition of clatter

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

clattery

play \ˈkla-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of clatter in a Sentence

  1. the clatter of a crowded cafeteria

Recent Examples of clatter from the Web

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First Known Use of clatter

14th century


CLATTER Defined for English Language Learners

clatter

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verb

Definition of clatter for English Language Learners

  • : to make a quick series of short loud sounds


CLATTER Defined for Kids

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clatter

play
verb clat·ter \ ˈkla-tər \

Definition of clatter for Students

clattered; clattering
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.

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clatter

noun

Definition of clatter for Students

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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