[ klat-er ]
/ ˈklæt ər /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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


Nearby words

  1. clastogenic,
  2. clastothrix,
  3. clat,
  4. clathrate,
  5. clathrin,
  6. claucht,
  7. claude,
  8. claude lorrain,
  9. claudel,
  10. claudel, paul

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

Examples from the Web for clattering

British Dictionary definitions for clattering


/ (ˈklætə) /


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 clattering



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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