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

Within weeks, the fire chief's office was cluttered with stacks of suitable fire equipment from stations across Iowa. Meridith Edwards And Tricia Escobedo, CNN, "$90,000 worth of firefighting gear was almost thrown away in Iowa. Now it's saving lives in Mexico," 26 July 2019 When the floor’s cluttered it’s harder to make decisions. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Xavier basketball notebook: Summer practice starts, Steele's expecting another baby," 17 July 2019 Critics also say the bikes can clutter public spaces. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "Is Camden ready for bike sharing? Residents will find out this May," 11 Apr. 2018 Baseball mitts, fishing rods, camping tents and water floats are all cluttering up your living space or storage. Maria Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Staying Organized: More services, less clutter," 18 May 2018 De-cluttering goes beyond removing your coffee pot or slow cooker from the kitchen counter. Andria Cheng, USA TODAY, "Want to sell your home? Think like a buyer and follow these home-staging rules," 17 June 2019 Styling Adopting some age-old custom tricks from car customizers, the 2020 Evoque's sheetmetal has been finessed, smoothed out and de-cluttered. Houston Chronicle, "Range Rover Evoque gets added finesse, mild-hybrid versions," 14 June 2019 Decaying literary works line shelves. Frying pans clutter the stovetop. Norma Meyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "James Bond’s Jamaican roots," 13 June 2019 And, de-cluttering physical spaces is proven to have positive mental health effects. Eliza Solomon, Teen Vogue, "Why You Should Marie Kondo Your Social Media Feed," 23 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By pairing these two scenes together, Kohan offers some withering insight into the privilege of clutter. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Ballad of Taystee Jefferson," 31 July 2019 Though hardly an inch of space is left bare in the show, there’s no sense of clutter. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Harald Szeemann’s Revolutionary Curating," 15 July 2019 Here and there, obsolete technologies peeked through the clutter: a dusty vintage computer scattered with floppy disks, VHS tapes on a rolling TV cart, a slide projector. Quanta Magazine, "A ‘Self-Aware’ Fish Raises Doubts About a Cognitive Test," 12 Dec. 2018 Check all dark areas, clean all kitchen surfaces, and go through all storage areas to get rid of excess cardboard or other roach-friendly clutter. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "How To Get Rid of Roaches Before They Become a Major Problem," 18 July 2019 Radials and mounting brackets must be concealed, antennas must be painted to match poles and companies must strive to avoid visual clutter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego is proposing tough rules for cell antennas for new 5G network," 18 July 2019 Her photo spreads often showed clutter and sometimes peeling paint. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Min Hogg, Editor of the World of Interiors, Championed Shabby Chic," 5 July 2019 The former high-school wrestler scrambled 15 feet up a shaft and into a basement that, like most of Beckwitt's house, was choked by clutter. Dan Morse, chicagotribune.com, "A millionaire day trader, the secret bunker under his Maryland home and a murder conviction," 1 July 2019 Reduce Clutter There's no denying that clutter creates stress, and good feng shui calls for keeping it at bay. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "12 Feng Shui Tips to Create the Bedroom of Your Dreams," 17 May 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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The first known use of clutter was in 1556

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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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