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clutter

[kluht-er]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to fill or litter with things in a disorderly manner: All kinds of papers cluttered the top of his desk.
verb (used without object)
  1. British Dialect. to run in disorder; move with bustle and confusion.
  2. British Dialect. to make a clatter.
  3. to speak so rapidly and inexactly that distortions of sound and phrasing result.
noun
  1. a disorderly heap or assemblage; litter: It's impossible to find anything in all this clutter.
  2. a state or condition of confusion.
  3. confused noise; clatter.
  4. an echo or echoes on a radar screen that do not come from the target and can be caused by such factors as atmospheric conditions, objects other than the target, chaff, and jamming of the radar signal.

Origin of clutter

1550–60; variant of clotter (now obsolete), equivalent to clot + -er6
Related formso·ver·clut·ter, verb (used with object)un·clut·ter, verb (used with object)un·clut·tered, adjective

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5. mess, disorder, jumble.
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Examples from the Web for uncluttered

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  • She liked its fine Aubusson carpets, its lovely old rosewood and mahogany furniture, its uncluttered stateliness.

    The Purple Heights

    Marie Conway Oemler

  • All this is white and uncluttered, like a hut in the fields in Andalusia, like the whitewashed portal of some garden in the south.


British Dictionary definitions for uncluttered

uncluttered

adjective
  1. not having too many objects, details, etc

clutter

verb
  1. (usually tr often foll by up) to strew or amass (objects) in a disorderly manner
  2. (intr) to move about in a bustling manner
  3. (intr) to chatter or babble
noun
  1. a disordered heap or mass of objects
  2. a state of disorder
  3. unwanted echoes that confuse the observation of signals on a radar screen

Word Origin

C15 clotter, from clotteren to clot
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

Word Origin and History for uncluttered

clutter

v.

1550s, "to collect in heaps," variant of clotern "to form clots, to heap on" (c.1400); related to clot (n.). Sense of "to litter" is first recorded 1660s. Related: Cluttered; cluttering.

clutter

n.

1570s, "things lying in heaps or confusion," from clutter (v.); the "litter" sense is from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper