Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

clatter

[klat-er] /ˈklæt ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to make a loud, rattling sound, as that produced by hard objects striking rapidly one against the other:
The shutters clattered in the wind.
2.
to move rapidly with such a sound:
The iron-wheeled cart clattered down the street.
3.
to talk fast and noisily; chatter:
They clattered on and on about their children.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to clatter:
clattering the pots and pans in the sink.
noun
5.
a rattling noise or series of rattling noises:
The stagecoach made a terrible clatter going over the wooden bridge.
6.
noisy disturbance; din; racket.
7.
noisy talk; din of voices:
They had to shout over the clatter at the cocktail party.
8.
idle talk; gossip.
Origin of clatter
1050
before 1050; Middle English clateren, Old English clatr- (in clatrunge); cognate with Dutch klateren to rattle; see -er6
Related forms
clatterer, noun
clatteringly, adverb
clattery, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for clatter
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • He threw the helmet with a clatter on to the table as if it had been the knave's canting head.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • He entered in the clatter of the shop bell with an air of sombre and vexed exhaustion.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The clatter of crockery did not cease in the adjoining room.

  • There was a clatter and rattle of speeding hoofs, which rapidly died out.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • The clatter of hoofs was growing louder with each passing second.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • "We would have heard the clatter of his motor if he had," returned Rob.

  • With them he fences heroically and causes a sufficiency of clatter and noise.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • And let me tell you that the spoons in the plates made a clatter.

    The Flood Emile Zola
  • This place resounded with cries, songs, and the clatter of plates and dishes.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for clatter

clatter

/ˈklætə/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a rattling noise, esp as a result of movement
2.
(intransitive) to chatter
noun
3.
a rattling sound or noise
4.
a noisy commotion, such as one caused by loud chatter
Derived Forms
clatterer, noun
clatteringly, adverb
clattery, adjective
Word Origin
Old English clatrung clattering (gerund); related to Dutch klateren to rattle, German klatschen to smack, Norwegian klattra to knock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for clatter
v.

late Old English clatrung "clattering, noise," verbal noun implying an Old English *clatrian, of imitative origin. Cf. Middle Dutch klateren, East Frisian klatern, dialectal German klattern. The noun is attested from mid-14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for clatter

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for clatter

9
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for clatter