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

    Main Street

  • 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

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

    February 16, 2016

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

    February 16, 2016