Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make a rattling sound.
  • intransitive verb To move with a rattling sound.
  • intransitive verb To talk rapidly and noisily; chatter.
  • intransitive verb To cause to make a rattling sound.
  • noun A rattling sound.
  • noun A loud disturbance; a racket.
  • noun Noisy talk; chatter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A heap of loose boulders or broken rocks. Compare clutter.
  • noun Noisy gabble or talk; confused din of many jabbering tongues.
  • noun A rapid succession of sharp sounds; rattling, rapidly repeated, and confused noises.
  • noun Idle gossip; tattle.
  • To make a rattling sound; make repeated sharp, confused sounds, as when sonorous bodies strike or are struck rapidly together; rattle.
  • To talk fast and idly; chatter; rattle with the tongue.
  • To make a rattling noise with; cause to sound interruptedly by striking together, or with or against something: as, to clatter dishes or the tongs.
  • To utter glibly and in a rattling manner; tattle; chatter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A rattling noise, esp. that made by the collision of hard bodies; also, any loud, abrupt sound; a repetition of abrupt sounds.
  • noun Commotion; disturbance.
  • noun Rapid, noisy talk; babble; chatter.
  • transitive verb To make a rattling noise with.
  • intransitive verb To make a rattling sound by striking hard bodies together; to make a succession of abrupt, rattling sounds.
  • intransitive verb To talk fast and noisily; to rattle with the tongue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A rattling noise.
  • noun A loud disturbance.
  • noun Noisy talk or chatter.
  • verb transitive To cause to make a rattling sound.
  • verb intransitive To make a rattling noise
  • verb intransitive To chatter noisily or rapidly.
  • verb Northern England To hit; to smack

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a rattling noise (often produced by rapid movement)
  • verb make a rattling sound

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English clateren, from Old English *clatrian; see gal- in Indo-European roots.

Examples

  • That these come unexpectedly in the midst of endless gross clatter is one of those mysteries of the creative process best not to dwell upon.

    Make an Appointment

  • It's like being at the Seneca Niagara Casino and hearing the coins clatter into the tray of a slot machine.

    The Buffalo News: Home

  • The soldiers wore the downcast, silent, and sullen looks with which they trail their arms at a funeral, and stepped with such caution that you could not hear a buckler ring or a sword clatter, though so many men in armour were moving around the tent.

    The Talisman

  • Dain let his sword clatter to the floor and ran to Moira.

    A Change of Seasons

  • The clatter was a relief to Carol after months of smug houses.

    Main Street

  • The soldiers wore the downcast, silent, and sullen looks, with which they trail their arms at a funeral, and stepped with such caution that you could not hear a buckler ring, or a sword clatter, though so many men in armour were moving around the tent.

    The Talisman

  • She liked to admire his uniform, and to hear his sword clatter as he walked.

    The Hour and the Man, An Historical Romance

  • He stepped close up to her, made a rustling with the branches, and let his sword clatter, but she moved not.

    Undine

  • The diesel clatter, which is well silenced in the rest of BMW's diesel-sipping offerings, is present not only while the engine is cold, but also during moderate accelerations, almost never letting you forget it's down there, and it won't take regular unleaded without a fight.

    The Truth About Cars

  • Depots have always had a nostalgic allure for me as I recalled the clatter of carts rolling over bricks and the image of arched ceilings over tracks.

    The Roanoke Times: Home page

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  • If you'd like to make up a nonce defintion for clitter *ahem* I will leave that up to you.

    February 16, 2016

  • The sound you make when you trip over your clutter.

    February 16, 2016