- to make a loud, rattling sound, as that produced by hard objects striking rapidly one against the other: The shutters clattered in the wind.
- to move rapidly with such a sound: The iron-wheeled cart clattered down the street.
- to talk fast and noisily; chatter: They clattered on and on about their children.
- to cause to clatter: clattering the pots and pans in the sink.
- a rattling noise or series of rattling noises: The stagecoach made a terrible clatter going over the wooden bridge.
- noisy disturbance; din; racket.
- noisy talk; din of voices: They had to shout over the clatter at the cocktail party.
- idle talk; gossip.
Origin of clatter
Examples from the Web for clattering
Within a navy blue duffel bag were clattering bone-hued beads, amulets, and bracelets.China’s Blood Ivory Bazaar
June 30, 2014
The sound made by clattering plates restores him to a restaurant where dined with his friend killed in the war.David's Bookclub: Time Regained
April 8, 2013
But it was only the strange man Geryon clattering onward, with his six legs!The Three Golden Apples
There came a clattering of hoofs on the road and the sound of male voices.In the Valley
Then there was a clattering on the cement floor as of a million arrows.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
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
- to make or cause to make a rattling noise, esp as a result of movement
- (intr) to chatter
- a rattling sound or noise
- a noisy commotion, such as one caused by loud chatter
Word Origin and History for clattering
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.