[ kluht-er ]
/ ˈklʌt ər /

verb (used with object)

to fill or litter with things in a disorderly manner: All kinds of papers cluttered the top of his desk.

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. clustered,
  2. clusterfuck,
  3. clutch,
  4. clutch bag,
  5. clutha,
  6. clwyd,
  7. clyde,
  8. clydebank,
  9. clydesdale,
  10. clype

Origin of clutter

1550–60; variant of clotter (now obsolete), equivalent to clot + -er6

Related formso·ver·clut·ter, verb (used with object)un·clut·ter, verb (used with object)un·clut·tered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clutter

British Dictionary definitions for clutter


/ (ˈklʌtə) /


(usually tr often foll by up) to strew or amass (objects) in a disorderly manner
(intr) to move about in a bustling manner
(intr) to chatter or babble


a disordered heap or mass of objects
a state of disorder
unwanted echoes that confuse the observation of signals on a radar screen

Word Origin for clutter

C15 clotter, from clotteren to clot

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Word Origin and History for clutter
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