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clatter

[klat-er]
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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)
  1. to cause to clatter: clattering the pots and pans in the sink.
noun
  1. a rattling noise or series of rattling noises: The stagecoach made a terrible clatter going over the wooden bridge.
  2. noisy disturbance; din; racket.
  3. noisy talk; din of voices: They had to shout over the clatter at the cocktail party.
  4. idle talk; gossip.

Origin of clatter

before 1050; Middle English clateren, Old English clatr- (in clatrunge); cognate with Dutch klateren to rattle; see -er6
Related formsclat·ter·er, nounclat·ter·ing·ly, adverbclat·ter·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for clattering

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  • But it was only the strange man Geryon clattering onward, with his six legs!

    The Three Golden Apples

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • There came a clattering of hoofs on the road and the sound of male voices.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Then there was a clattering on the cement floor as of a million arrows.

  • I was sitting by the window when I heard the clattering of their carriage.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • The pasteboard boxes went to the floor in a clattering rush.

    Shavings

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for clattering

clatter

verb
  1. to make or cause to make a rattling noise, esp as a result of movement
  2. (intr) to chatter
noun
  1. a rattling sound or noise
  2. a noisy commotion, such as one caused by loud chatter
Derived Formsclatterer, nounclatteringly, adverbclattery, adjective

Word Origin

Old English clatrung clattering (gerund); related to Dutch klateren to rattle, German klatschen to smack, Norwegian klattra to knock
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Word Origin and History for clattering

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.

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