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clutter

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verb clut·ter \ ˈklə-tər \

Definition of clutter

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.

Examples of clutter in a Sentence

  1. The garage was cluttered with tools.

  2. Try to avoid cluttering your desk with books and papers.

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Origin and Etymology of clutter

Middle English clotteren to clot, from clot


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clutter

noun

Definition of clutter

1 a :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

Examples of clutter in a Sentence

  1. There's a lot of unnecessary clutter in the house.

  2. a scrapbook that was a clutter of snapshots, diary entries, letters, and newspaper clippings

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Origin and Etymology of clutter


CLUTTER Defined for English Language Learners

clutter

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verb

Definition of clutter for English Language Learners

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


clutter

noun

Definition of clutter for English Language Learners

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


CLUTTER Defined for Kids

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clutter

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verb clut·ter \ ˈklə-tər \

Definition of clutter for Students

cluttered; cluttering
:to fill or cover with scattered things

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clutter

noun

Definition of clutter for Students

:a collection of scattered things


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