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

Amazon’s increasingly cluttered Marketplace — which now hosts more e-commerce than Amazon’s own retail business — has become more expensive for sellers over the years. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Amazon is encouraging third-party sellers to raise prices on Walmart or risk losing perks," 5 Aug. 2019 Where existing maps had shown a smooth region, car-sized boulders cluttered a field of craters. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Apollo 11 at 50: How the moon landing changed the world," 16 July 2019 Call ahead to schedule a tasting in a small room cluttered with bric-a-brac that feels like the Faller family dining room—they’ve owned and operated the estate since 1898. Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Autumnal Road Trip Through Alsace Wine Country," 13 Aug. 2019 Truth, honesty and getting along with others will make the difference between a happy home environment and one that is cluttered with misunderstandings. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Aug. 5, 2019," 5 Aug. 2019 This beautiful segment features slopes with sprouting aspen saplings as well as ravines cluttered with old-growth conifers draped in moss. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "This Flagstaff mountain hike surrounds you with summer wildflowers," 18 July 2019 Around him, clothes and sneakers spill out of suitcases; a table sits cluttered with survival essentials—pistachios, instant oatmeal, PB&J fixings, two bottles of red wine. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 2019 Minimalism is often considered cold and stark to critics, but Scandinavian design creates warmth through textiles, rather than cluttering things with a lot of decorative items. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Scandinavian Design," 18 Sep. 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 To avoid that fate, an account needs to share a certain number of personal anecdotes, complete with photos of the children and the clutter. New York Times, "Could Your House Be an Instagram Star?," 9 Aug. 2019 Keep pathways and rooms clear — no throw rugs, spills or clutter. Mort Mazor, sun-sentinel.com, "Watch your step: Fire rescue responds to 10,000 fall cases so far this year," 26 July 2019 Teddy Roosevelt, like the French Jacobins, wanted to construct a new national identity by clearing away all the seemingly erratic and asymmetrical clutter between the individual and the nation. Nate Hochman, National Review, "A Big-Government Nationalism, or a Burkean One?," 25 July 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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