clutter

verb
clut·ter | \ˈklə-tər \
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

The conference table at the center of the room was cluttered with empty water bottles and a tub of peppermints. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Lamar Jackson pick capped emotional first night in Ravens war room," 27 Apr. 2018 Aside from giving local residents a way to de-clutter their garages and clear out their mudrooms, the flea market also contributes to community causes. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Spring flea market scheduled for April 14," 6 Apr. 2018 The head up display is broad and low, and full of the essential drive info without being cluttered. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2018 Lincoln Navigator outdoes Cadillac Escalade as most refined family hauler," 5 Mar. 2018 Monica Beato-Howson’s dining room was starting to look more like a dorm room earlier this month, cluttered with books, linens, lamps, and clothing. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "Why are millennials living at home? Housing costs and student debt, for starters," 19 June 2018 But others recoiled, saying the scooters were dangerous, cluttered the sidewalks, littered the landscape, and that the tech companies were unfairly using public roadways to run a business. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF supervisors pass law to regulate scooters that have descended on city," 17 Apr. 2018 It was cluttered with seaweed and sand along the frame. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Artist recovers painting blown into the bay," 14 June 2018 Clearly, the space—which was formerly the family's living room—was cluttered and generic. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "The Story Behind This Little Boy's Bedroom Makeover Will Break Your Heart," 3 Aug. 2015 No drum kits or amplifiers clutter the floor, allowing Byrne and his 11-member supporting cast to dance and act out songs on every available inch of real estate. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "5 ways David Byrne revisits greatness in Indianapolis," 10 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Grey Gardens, a 28-room estate famous for its eccentric former residents and their storied clutter, now stands empty after one heck of a Hamptons estate sale this weekend. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "The Grey Gardens Estate Sale Sounds Like It Was Ridiculous In The Best Way Possible," 20 Nov. 2017 The problem with so much clutter at shooting guard is the lack of minutes for a developmental project such as Jones. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "With Ellington back, how do Heat manage glut at shooting guard?," 13 July 2018 Particularly Daytona and Kids See Ghosts, which adopt the song-craving appetite of the streaming era and apply it to a condensed album format: expertly curated with no clutter, just seven songs that demand rotation. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Everything Is Love Marks a New Step in the Album's Evolution," 19 June 2018 The Fonders’ house was so densely packed with clutter that Brunner could barely open the door. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Police hope remnants of Bucks County home, once owned by a murderer, holds clues about long-missing man," 18 May 2018 But the clutter is there, and that signals some sort of change. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why Charlotte Hornets' roster 'clutter' could be bad news for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist," 7 July 2018 And that’s not the only kitchen space to fall victim to clutter overflow. Southern Living, "Gasp! A Surprising Number of Closet-Starved Americans Are Using Their Ovens for Storage," 21 June 2018 There's a Swedish lifestyle trend that can save you from that clutter bomb. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "You Need to Know About Swedish Death Cleaning," 7 June 2018 OfficeMax and Office Depot: Purge the paper, clear the clutter and protect your privacy. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Use these Tax Day 2018 freebies to reward yourself for filing before deadline," 13 Apr. 2018

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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

Middle English clotteren to clot, from clot

Noun

see clutter entry 1

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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 \
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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