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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.

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RELATED WORDS

muck, junk, trash, clutter, rubbish, strew, scatter, collateral, refuse, disarray, hash, garbage, rummage, hodgepodge, detritus, shuffle, mishmash, muddle, rash, jungle

Nearby words

litt.m., littb, littd, litten, litten's phenomenon, litter, litter lout, litterae humaniores, litterateur, litteratim, litterbag

Idioms

    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

1250–1300; Middle English litere bed, litter < Anglo-French; Old French litiere < Medieval Latin lectāria, equivalent to Latin lect(us) bed + -āria feminine of -ārius -er2
SYNONYMS FOR litter
9 mess (up).
Related forms
Can be confusedletter lighter liter litter

Synonym study

3. See brood.
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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for litter

litter

[ lĭtər ]

n.

A flat supporting framework, such as a piece of canvas stretched between parallel shafts, for carrying a disabled or dead person; a stretcher.
The offspring produced at one birth by a multiparous mammal.brood
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