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

No-hopers like Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard and Bill de Blasio are cluttering up the stage for their own idiosyncratic reasons. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Democratic Party Is Culling the Field Too Soon," 1 Aug. 2019 Remove branches that may be cluttering the center of the tree with too much growth. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Leaving seed pods on canna plants isn’t necessary," 7 June 2019 Scooters are cluttering sidewalks, roads and other public spaces. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Electric Scooters," 6 June 2018 The Merc’s Jon Wilner: This week’s Pac-12 TV lineup is cluttered, even with the OSU game migrating to Facebook. oregonlive, "Why the Oregon Ducks’ Week 1 loss to Auburn matters more than it should: Issues & Answers," 6 Sep. 2019 Inside, corridors were cluttered with plywood and temporary construction barriers. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Boris Johnson’s Brexit Carnage," 6 Sep. 2019 These days, Mr Mansfield says, many heroin factories in Farah province, on the border with Iran, are also cluttered with buckets full of soaking ephedra leaves, in preparation for making meth. The Economist, "Afghan drug barons are branching out into methamphetamines," 5 Sep. 2019 Thad Balkman's office is cluttered with artifacts and photographs. Wayne Drash, CNN, "From Ferris Bueller to opioid trial: A judge's wild ride into history," 26 Aug. 2019 Its harbor was cluttered with the wrecks of warships from the Japanese occupation, and air services were almost nonexistent. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "Cathay Pacific, Icon of Hong Kong’s Rise, Now Reflects China’s Grip," 11 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The location has lower shelves, which reduce the sense of clutter and improve sight lines so shoppers can see farther into the store. Fortune, "Big-Box Rebound: How Target Packaged a Turnaround," 20 Aug. 2019 Media companies are adding more commercials because sponsors are more sensitive to price increases than to clutter, said Brian Wieser, global president of business intelligence at the advertising giant GroupM. Gerry Smithbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "TV networks vowed to cut back on commercials. Instead, they stuffed in more," 3 Aug. 2019 When Marie Kondo was 16 years old, the clutter in her messy bedroom drove her to a nervous breakdown. Kate Storey, Good Housekeeping, "Marie Kondo Reveals a Nervous Breakdown Led to Her Joy Method," 5 Jan. 2016 Truckloads of clutter and trash have been hauled out. al, "Bloom or fade: Mobile Botanical Gardens at a crossroads," 4 Sep. 2019 There was not a trace on them, their clothing, the Buick or the clutter in the car. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "More than three decades later, troubling questions and contradictions remain about two murder convictions and the role of forensic scientist Henry Lee," 23 July 2019 Holding onto Conley while also drafting Morant only creates some confusion and clutter in terms of playing time. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Trade Grades: Mike Conley Deal Pushes Grizzlies Past Grit-and-Grind Era," 19 June 2019 To keep the table from getting crowded, tiered racks turn plates of Wagyu beef cubes from clutter into a meat tower. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "High-End Hot Pot Heats Up in the U.S.," 11 Aug. 2019 The researchers also developed an imaging technique to isolate—and actually see—a thin slice of microtubule growth amid the visual clutter of background molecules. Scientific American, "Ballistic Maggots, Synthetic Winks and Why You’re Not Goop: This Week’s Best Science GIFs," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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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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