I. verb Etymology: Middle English clatren, from Old English *clatrian; of imitative origin Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. to make a rattling sound <
the dishes clattered on the shelf
2. to talk noisily or rapidly 3. to move or go with a clatter <
clattered down the stairs
transitive verb to cause to clatter • clatterer nounclatteringly adverb II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a rattling sound (as of hard bodies striking together) <
the clatter of pots and pans
2. commotion <
the midday clatter of the business district
3. noisy chatter • clattery adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Clatter — Clat ter, v. t. To make a rattling noise with. [1913 Webster] You clatter still your brazen kettle. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • clatter — [klat′ər] vi. [ME clateren < OE * clatrian (akin to MDu klateren) < IE base * gal , to CALL, cry out] 1. to make, or move with, a rapid succession of loud, sharp noises; rattle 2. to chatter noisily vt. to cause to clatter n. [ME clater… …   English World dictionary

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  • Clatter — Coordinates: 52°32′32″N 3°28′36″W / 52.54215°N 3.47679°W / 52.54215; 3.47679 …   Wikipedia

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  • clatter — verb 1 (I, T) if heavy hard objects clatter, or if you clatter them, they make a loud unpleasant noise: The tray fell clattering to the ground. 2 (intransitive always + adv/prep) to move quickly and noisily: clatter over/down/along etc: The horse …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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