- 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
Related Words for clatteredhurtle, clang, smash, clank, noise, clash, roar, bump, shatter, rattle, bang, bluster
Examples from the Web for clattered
Historical Examples of clattered
Shandy gave the bridle a swing, and it clattered to the floor from its peg.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
It clattered unheeded to the floor as the bantam dived for Hilary and Joan.Slaves of Mercury
His electric lamp fell from his hand, and clattered to the floor.The Film of Fear
They thundered on the planks of the drawbridge and clattered on the stones of the courtyard.The Shame of Motley
James clattered into the empty sitting-room and stared about him.The Twins of Suffering Creek
- 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 for clatter
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.