verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause to clatter: clattering the pots and pans in the sink.


Origin of clatter

before 1050; Middle English clateren, Old English clatr- (in clatrunge); cognate with Dutch klateren to rattle; see -er6
Related formsclat·ter·er, nounclat·ter·ing·ly, adverbclat·ter·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for clattered

hurtle, 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.


    W. A. Fraser

  • It clattered unheeded to the floor as the bantam dived for Hilary and Joan.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • His electric lamp fell from his hand, and clattered to the floor.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • They thundered on the planks of the drawbridge and clattered on the stones of the courtyard.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • James clattered into the empty sitting-room and stared about him.

British Dictionary definitions for clattered



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
Derived Formsclatterer, nounclatteringly, adverbclattery, adjective

Word Origin for clatter

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 clattered



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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