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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
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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
  • She swam away in the bedlam of shrieks and clattering of dishes and knives.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • The other beast was coming at me, clattering his oar over the stern.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • I—I heard him clattering off in that direction, I am almost sure.'

British Dictionary definitions for clattering

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
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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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