clatter

[klat-er]
verb (used without object)
1.
to make a loud, rattling sound, as that produced by hard objects striking rapidly one against the other: The shutters clattered in the wind.
2.
to move rapidly with such a sound: The iron-wheeled cart clattered down the street.
3.
to talk fast and noisily; chatter: They clattered on and on about their children.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to clatter: clattering the pots and pans in the sink.
noun
5.
a rattling noise or series of rattling noises: The stagecoach made a terrible clatter going over the wooden bridge.
6.
noisy disturbance; din; racket.
7.
noisy talk; din of voices: They had to shout over the clatter at the cocktail party.
8.
idle talk; gossip.

Origin:
before 1050; Middle English clateren, Old English clatr- (in clatrunge); cognate with Dutch klateren to rattle; see -er6

clatterer, noun
clatteringly, adverb
clattery, adjective
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clatter (ˈklætə)
 
vb
1.  to make or cause to make a rattling noise, esp as a result of movement
2.  (intr) to chatter
 
n
3.  a rattling sound or noise
4.  a noisy commotion, such as one caused by loud chatter
 
[Old English clatrung clattering (gerund); related to Dutch klateren to rattle, German klatschen to smack, Norwegian klattra to knock]
 
'clatterer
 
n
 
'clatteringly
 
adv
 
'clattery
 
adj

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clatter
late O.E., probably from O.E. *clatrian, imitative, perhaps from PIE base *gal- "to cry out" (see call).
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Example sentences
The metronomic clatter of flat-bed presses spewing out printed forms is the
  heartbeat of magazine publishing and pulp fiction.
Forget about cranking up the volume to mask everyday clatter.
Then came the sickening sound of a wild tumble, the clatter of hooves, a
  terrified wail.
Eventually, the footsteps went back up the stairs and the clatter intensified.
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