- 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 clatteringclack, hurtle, clang, ballyhoo, rattle, pandemonium, hullabaloo, rumpus, racket, bluster, clangor, smashing, shattering, smash, clank, noise, clash, roar, bump, shatter
Examples from the Web for clattering
Contemporary Examples of clattering
Within a navy blue duffel bag were clattering bone-hued beads, amulets, and bracelets.China’s Blood Ivory Bazaar
June 30, 2014
The sound made by clattering plates restores him to a restaurant where dined with his friend killed in the war.David's Bookclub: Time Regained
April 8, 2013
Historical Examples of clattering
But it was only the strange man Geryon clattering onward, with his six legs!The Three Golden Apples
There came a clattering of hoofs on the road and the sound of male voices.In the Valley
Then there was a clattering on the cement floor as of a million arrows.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
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
- 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.