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 Those lined up shuffled indoors to the sound of holiday music and clattering pans. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "For Camp Fire victims, a tiny church has become a place of help and hope," 27 Jan. 2020 Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, who hooted and clattered through bayou rockers and two-steps. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "At Globalfest, Rowdy Sounds From Around the World," 13 Jan. 2020 The courtroom clattered with the tapping of keyboards – at least a dozen journalists had been crammed onto the benches that run around the side of the chamber. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world The prime minister and the murdered journalist: inside Malta, a nation on the brink," 13 Dec. 2019 The courtroom clattered with the tapping of keyboards – at least a dozen journalists had been crammed onto the benches that run around the side of the chamber. Alexander Clapp, 1843, "The prime minister and the murdered journalist: inside Malta, a nation on the brink," 11 Dec. 2019 Winger Jacob Stockdale received the Samoan restart and charged up the field where he was clattered by Seilala Lam. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Ireland advances to quarterfinals at rugby's World Cup as Typhoon Hagibis batters host nation," 12 Oct. 2019 Remember just a few months ago, when networks introduced new shows, brought back popular series, and the streaming wars clattered across our media landscape? oregonlive, "As Fall 2019 finally ends, here are the season’s TV winners and losers: Hallmark Channel, ‘Watchmen,’ more," 19 Dec. 2019 There’s something urgent, almost holy, about hearing Moondog perform in his preferred context, synchronizing his work to the sound of traffic, footsteps, the door of the Warwick Deli clattering shut. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "How Moondog Captured the Sounds of New York," 9 Dec. 2019 The refrigerator magnets slip and clatter across our kitchen floors, releasing their grip on grocery lists and coupons, but the Wall still shows up frequently in op-eds and political debates. Time, "The Berlin Wall Is a Reminder That Barriers Last Only As Long as the Political Will to Defend Them," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Put simply, the PowerStroke is a highly refined if expensive brute, delivering good responses to pedal inputs and minimal diesel clatter for its considerable size and output—not to mention more grunt than most buyers will ever need. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Ford's New Super Duty Trucks Play as Hard as They Work," 21 Jan. 2020 Then the big bird suddenly arrived on a nearby avocado tree, greeted by gasps and the clatter of camera shutters. National Geographic, "Here’s how travelers can help protect frogs in Costa Rica," 19 Dec. 2019 The clatter of keys, the gate, and then Nadia approaching. Emilio Fraia, The New Yorker, "Sevastopol," 9 Dec. 2019 The silence that fell over the room was interrupted only by the clatter of chains around Johnston’s waist, arms and ankles. oregonlive, "Sara Zghoul’s killer sentenced to life; withholds crucial info about her dismembered remains," 5 Dec. 2019 Nearly a week after the Orinda shooting, Chalmers still remembers the slamming of car doors, screeching of tires, clatter of voices and the sight of red and blue lights illuminating the authorities and partygoers on the street. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "Orinda Airbnb violence fits pattern — at least 42 people shot at short-term rentals in last 6 months," 6 Nov. 2019 At lunchtime, there’s a clatter as some teens joke to one another across the cafeteria. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump admin shifting to privatize migrant child detention," 3 Oct. 2019 It was filled with happy noise on both visits, the clatter of plates and the chatter of families over a bed of Latin music. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "'Puerto Rican food is love’ at Kissimmee’s Trópico Mofongo | Review," 31 Oct. 2019 At dinner that night, the mess was silent save for the clatter of forks on plates. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, "Inside the effort to rescue Europe’s unwelcome immigrants," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clatter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clatter. Accessed 18 Feb. 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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