clutter

verb
clut·​ter | \ ˈklə-tər How to pronounce clutter (audio) \
cluttered; cluttering; clutters

Definition of clutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

chiefly dialectal : 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 Too many signs were cluttering up the street corner.

clutter

noun

Definition of clutter (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a crowded or confused mass or collection a clutter of motels and restaurants
b : things that clutter a place tried to minimize the unnecessary clutter in her house
2 : interfering radar echoes caused by reflection from objects (as on the ground) other than the target
3 chiefly dialectal : disturbance, hubbub

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Examples of clutter in a Sentence

Verb The garage was cluttered with tools. Try to avoid cluttering your desk with books and papers. Noun There's a lot of unnecessary clutter in the house. a scrapbook that was a clutter of snapshots, diary entries, letters, and newspaper clippings
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yet nearly two years later, these things still clutter my feeds. Lauren Goode, Wired, "I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget," 6 Apr. 2021 Online retailers may not want to clutter the checkout screen with too many options. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Why executives are suddenly talking about “buy now pay later”," 10 Mar. 2021 Don’t clutter the email with unnecessary explanations or conversational tidbits, get straight to the point. Shama Hyder, Forbes, "7 Things You Can Do To Build An Awesome Personal Brand In 2021," 2 Mar. 2021 My sweet Mama's love for new things often clashes with her aversion to clutter. Jorie Nicole Mcdonald, Southern Living, "After Trying This $13 Liquid Lipstick, I’ll Never Use Anything Else," 7 Feb. 2021 These pieces of misfolded proteins clutter together and are responsible for the death of nerve cells that eventually results in the first symptoms of dementia. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "Four plants that are scientifically proven to be therapeutic," 25 Jan. 2021 With the vast resources of YouTube and streaming, and WAV and MP3 files, why clutter up my life with all that plastic and paper? Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Why I can’t get rid of my CDs," 29 Dec. 2020 The massive constellation of satellites has also raised concerns about space junk that could clutter the night sky and increase the risks of collisions with other satellites and spacecraft. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "SpaceX’s Starlink internet web undergoes ‘better than nothing’ tests, but no word on service for Florida," 1 Dec. 2020 Games are getting larger and larger, and even having installed mostly Xbox Series X Enhanced titles, the SSD quickly began to clutter up. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "The Xbox Series X is the best computer console owners have ever tried," 5 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most folks know the basic rules of spring-cleaning: Decrease clutter, mop, dust, and completely free your home of the previous season's filth. Jorie Nicole Mcdonald, Southern Living, "How To Spring Clean Your Kitchen Like a Pro," 1 Apr. 2021 Conquering the clutter can seem like a lot to take on. Keyaira Kelly, Essence, "4 Peace-Inducing Home Organizing Hacks You Need In Your Life Right Now," 24 Mar. 2021 Corral your household’s clutter with this ultra-simple leaning ladder rack from Yamazaki. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Everything to know about Japandi — and how to infuse it into your home," 23 Mar. 2021 The tactic could help Intel break through the clutter for people who remember the earlier Apple campaign, said Robert Passikoff, founder and president of Brand Keys Inc., a brand consulting firm. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Intel Taps Justin Long, Who Played Mac in Long-Running Apple Ads, to Promote PCs," 17 Mar. 2021 Based off the popular auction website, the show sees Spencer helping homeowners clear out their space and make money from their unwanted clutter. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, ""Good Morning America's" Lara Spencer Has a Gigantic Wine Wall in Her Basement and We're Obsessed," 16 Mar. 2021 Preemptively KonMari your clutter by not buying half that junk in the first place. Art Carden, Forbes, "Dear Students: Here Are Ten Ways To Get Your Financial House In Order," 25 Feb. 2021 Avoid tangled wires and desk clutter with this compact 5-port USB wall charger from charger favorite Anker. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Desk accessories to make your workday more productive, cheerful, and disaster-proof," 21 Dec. 2020 Having one device also means less cable clutter and a smaller footprint. Peter Mcpherson, chicagotribune.com, "Should I buy a modem and router together or separate?," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of clutter

Verb

1556, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for clutter

Verb and Noun

Middle English clotteren to clot, from clot

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The first known use of clutter was in 1556

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12 Apr 2021

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“Clutter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clutter. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for clutter

clutter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

clutter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clutter (Entry 2 of 2)

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

clutter

verb
clut·​ter | \ ˈklə-tər How to pronounce clutter (audio) \
cluttered; cluttering

Kids Definition of clutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fill or cover with scattered things

clutter

noun

Kids Definition of clutter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a collection of scattered things

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