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litter

[ lit-er ]
/ ˈlɪt ər /
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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to give birth to a litter: The cat had littered in the closet.
to strew objects about: If you litter, you may be fined.

OTHER WORDS FOR litter

9 mess (up).
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Idioms about litter

    pick of the litter,
    1. the best or choicest of the animals, especially puppies, in a litter.
    2. the best of any class, group, or available selection.

Origin of litter

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English litere “bed, litter,” from Anglo-French; Old French litiere, from Medieval Latin lectāria, equivalent to Latin lect(us) “bed” + -āria feminine of -ārius noun suffix; see -er2

synonym study for litter

3. See brood.

OTHER WORDS FROM litter

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH litter

letter, lighter, liter, litter
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British Dictionary definitions for litter

litter
/ (ˈlɪtə) /

noun
verb

Word Origin for litter

C13 (in the sense: bed): via Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin lectus bed
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