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clatter

[klat-er] /ˈklæt ər/
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
1050
before 1050; Middle English clateren, Old English clatr- (in clatrunge); cognate with Dutch klateren to rattle; see -er6
Related forms
clatterer, noun
clatteringly, adverb
clattery, adjective
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  • Rush-hour trains moan and clatter across the wetlands.
  • Eventually, the footsteps went back up the stairs and the clatter intensified.
  • Rob tumbled through the roof hatch, almost landing on top of me in a clatter of camera equipment, a flailing of arms and legs.
  • If a bear raided our food, the clatter of kitchenware would wake us into rock-throwing alert.
  • The idea is the unattached ends of the wood clatter together nicely under the pecking.
  • The four turbines spooled up, their whine becoming a clatter.
British Dictionary definitions for clatter

clatter

/ˈklætə/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a rattling noise, esp as a result of movement
2.
(intransitive) to chatter
noun
3.
a rattling sound or noise
4.
a noisy commotion, such as one caused by loud chatter
Derived Forms
clatterer, noun
clatteringly, adverb
clattery, adjective
Word Origin
Old English clatrung clattering (gerund); related to Dutch klateren to rattle, German klatschen to smack, Norwegian klattra to knock
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Word Origin and History for clatter
v.

late Old English clatrung "clattering, noise," verbal noun implying an Old English *clatrian, of imitative origin. Cf. Middle Dutch klateren, East Frisian klatern, dialectal German klattern. The noun is attested from mid-14c.

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