[ lit-er ]
/ ˈlɪt ər /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to give birth to a litter: The cat had littered in the closet.
to strew objects about: If you litter, you may be fined.

Nearby words

  1. litt.m.,
  2. littb,
  3. littd,
  4. litten,
  5. litten's phenomenon,
  6. litter lout,
  7. litterae humaniores,
  8. litterateur,
  9. litteratim,
  10. litterbag


    pick of the litter,
    1. the best or choicest of the animals, especially puppies, in a litter.
    2. the best of any class, group, or available selection.

Origin of litter

1250–1300; Middle English litere bed, litter < Anglo-French; Old French litiere < Medieval Latin lectāria, equivalent to Latin lect(us) bed + -āria feminine of -ārius -er2

2. clutter. 9. mess (up). 10. disarrange, derange.

Related forms
Can be confusedletter lighter liter litter

Synonym study

3. See brood. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for anti-litter


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Word Origin for litter

C13 (in the sense: bed): via Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin lectus bed

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Word Origin and History for anti-litter
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for anti-litter


[ lĭtər ]


A flat supporting framework, such as a piece of canvas stretched between parallel shafts, for carrying a disabled or dead person; a stretcher.
The offspring produced at one birth by a multiparous mammal.brood

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