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 upToo 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 Designed to work with Windows or Mac computers, this compact external hard doesn’t clutter its storage with unnecessary frills. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "External hard drives for easy, reliable backups," 9 Oct. 2020 Directly across 23 at Belmont Beverage, three cars clutter the small parking lot. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "Noie: Notre Dame Stadium is open again, but it's quiet all around. Too quiet.," 13 Sep. 2020 Lina Krakue, 49, never wanted to clutter her bathroom or dresser with creams or supplements that looked like prescriptions from the doctor. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Is the Menopause Product Boom Finally Here?," 25 Aug. 2020 Known as the Idul Fitri mudik, the migration usually clutters Indonesia’s roads as millions leave the capital. Los Angeles Times, "Dying doctors. Too many coffins. Indonesia late in battle against coronavirus," 24 Apr. 2020 Including people would only have cluttered his compositions. Michael Hardy, Wired, "Prophetic Images of an Empty World From Before the Pandemic," 15 Apr. 2020 By the time she was done with my nails, her workspace was cluttered in materials in every shade of neon and pastel possible. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Inside the Studio (and Mind) of Unistella’s Park Eunkyung," 14 Apr. 2020 Loose wires tend to clutter up bags, counters, drawers, and desks. Popular Science, "The best things to organize your wires," 25 Sep. 2019 Kohl's has helped itself by focusing on keeping stores clutter free with tons of room for social distancing, something analysts say will be crucial for shoppers as stores reopen. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Why the Kohl’s CEO believes stores will still matter post-COVID," 20 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This month, an unexpected brand is coming through to help simplify life and cut through the clutter. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Nudestix Launches Nudeskin, the Skin-Care Answer to No-Makeup Makeup," 7 Oct. 2020 Inside the home there is a clutter of cases of water and other supplies donated to support the protesters. John Eligon, New York Times, "In Louisville, Looking to Protests of the Past to Move Forward," 6 Oct. 2020 And the way Lowes keeps her oasis space peaceful is keeping it clutter-free. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Katie Lowes Has Turned The One Room In Her House That Locks Into a Quarantine Sanctuary," 25 Sep. 2020 First, hit any spaces where clutter tends to accumulate — your closets, the family command center, or your home office. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "8 Smart Ways To Prep For More Indoor Time at Home," 25 Sep. 2020 The seven footprints, found amidst a clutter of hundreds of prehistoric animal prints, are estimated to be 115,000 years old. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Archaeologists Found 115,000-Year-Old Human Footprints Where They Shouldn't Be," 23 Sep. 2020 The commission began working to move the items, cataloging the collections, and cleaning the clutter. James T. Norman, chicagotribune.com, "After two years, Mundelein Heritage Museum reopens," 21 Sep. 2020 What’s the best gift for someone who doesn’t like clutter but appreciates good design? Felicity Warner, USA TODAY, "The 23 best custom photo gifts anyone will love," 17 Sep. 2020 But too many plants can add clutter and stress, Augustin said. Lauren Leazenby Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "Houseplants help their owners get through the pandemic," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for clutter

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The first known use of clutter was in 1556

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Last Updated

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clutter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clutter. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for clutter

clutter

verb
How to pronounce clutter (audio)

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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