verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- litten's phenomenon,
- litter lout,
- litterae humaniores,
- the best or choicest of the animals, especially puppies, in a litter.
- the best of any class, group, or available selection.
Origin of litter
Examples from the Web for littered
The comedian was right to call out Bill Cosby, but his material is littered with jokes about rape.Bill Cosby Foe Hannibal Buress Joked About Date Rape|Rich Goldstein|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The British aristocracy is littered with stories of unmitigated spendthrifts who seem bent on self-destruction.
Boxes of Swisher Sweets, the same cigars Brown is accused of stealing, littered the floor.
Here, littered in lonely fields and now bagged and loaded onto trains, is the bloody reality.
The streets are littered with rocks and glass shards of street fighting.
Even the floor was littered with toast crusts, envelopes, cigarette ends.The Garden Party|Katherine Mansfield
It was filthy and littered with rubbish, but showed no sign of having been occupied for a long time.Dope|Sax Rohmer
Her desk was always covered with a littered mess of letters, paper files, scribbled notes and pictures.The Crystal Ball|Roy J. Snell
The doors stood ajar; the floors were littered with corn-fodder, and a hen was brooding in a corner of the best room.Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast|Samuel Adams Drake
Poignant were Elisaveta's impressions as she stepped upon the sharp cobblestones of the dusty, littered pavement.The Created Legend|Feodor Sologub
- small refuse or waste materials carelessly dropped, esp in public places
- (as modifier)litter bin
Word Origin for litter
c.1300, "a bed," also "bed-like vehicle carried on men's shoulders" (early 14c.), from Anglo-French litere "portable bed," Old French litiere "litter, stretcher, bier; straw, bedding," from Medieval Latin lectaria "litter" (altered in French by influence of lit "bed"), from Latin lectus "bed, couch," from PIE *legh-to-, from root *legh- "to lie" (see lie (v.2)).
Meaning extended early 15c. to "straw used for bedding" (early 14c. in Anglo-French) and late 15c. to "offspring of an animal at one birth" (in one bed); sense of "scattered oddments, disorderly debris" is first attested 1730, probably from Middle English verb literen "provide with bedding" (late 14c.), with notion of strewing straw. Litter by 19c. had come to mean both the straw bedding and the animal waste in it after use.