- to fill or litter with things in a disorderly manner: All kinds of papers cluttered the top of his desk.
- British Dialect. to run in disorder; move with bustle and confusion.
- British Dialect. to make a clatter.
- to speak so rapidly and inexactly that distortions of sound and phrasing result.
- a disorderly heap or assemblage; litter: It's impossible to find anything in all this clutter.
- a state or condition of confusion.
- confused noise; clatter.
- an echo or echoes on a radar screen that do not come from the target and can be caused by such factors as atmospheric conditions, objects other than the target, chaff, and jamming of the radar signal.
Origin of clutter
SynonymsSee more synonyms for clutter on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for cluttered
There, in his cluttered office at the end of a gravel lane, I came face to face with one of my unsung literary heroes.A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows
September 17, 2014
The ex-votos are not all contained within the cluttered room.The Sacrificial Limbs of New Orleans
March 12, 2014
There's an old rotary phone and a few yellowed papers on a cluttered old wooden desk.The Secret Speakeasies of Buenos Aires
February 25, 2014
Keeping excess inventory around tied up cash, cluttered up factory floors, and imposed storage and management costs.Hurricane Sandy’s Economic Sucker Punch
November 5, 2012
The apartment was cluttered,” the source says, “much like his life.Explosion of James Holmes’ Apartment Would Have Been ‘Catastrophic’
Christine Pelisek, Eliza Shapiro
July 23, 2012
Huge as it was, it was cluttered with curious shaped machines and instruments.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
A thousand falsehoods are cluttered around the truth to conceal it from us.The Book of Khalid
The voice came half-smothered from the cluttered bin of equipment.Once to Every Man
Figures in clay, some broken and cracked, cluttered up its floor and walls.Erik Dorn
There were the cluttered streets of several cities and villages.Journeys to Bagdad
Charles S. Brooks
- (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 and History for cluttered
1550s, "to collect in heaps," variant of clotern "to form clots, to heap on" (c.1400); related to clot (n.). Sense of "to litter" is first recorded 1660s. Related: Cluttered; cluttering.
1570s, "things lying in heaps or confusion," from clutter (v.); the "litter" sense is from 1660s.