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clutter

[kluht-er]
verb (used with object)
1.
to fill or litter with things in a disorderly manner: All kinds of papers cluttered the top of his desk.
verb (used without object)
2.
British Dialect. to run in disorder; move with bustle and confusion.
3.
British Dialect. to make a clatter.
4.
to speak so rapidly and inexactly that distortions of sound and phrasing result.
noun
5.
a disorderly heap or assemblage; litter: It's impossible to find anything in all this clutter.
6.
a state or condition of confusion.
7.
confused noise; clatter.
8.
an echo or echoes on a radar screen that do not come from the target and can be caused by such factors as atmospheric conditions, objects other than the target, chaff, and jamming of the radar signal.

Origin:
1550–60; variant of clotter (now obsolete), equivalent to clot + -er6

overclutter, verb (used with object)
unclutter, verb (used with object)
uncluttered, adjective


5. mess, disorder, jumble.
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clutter (ˈklʌtə)
 
vb (often foll by up)
1.  to strew or amass (objects) in a disorderly manner
2.  (intr) to move about in a bustling manner
3.  (intr) to chatter or babble
 
n
4.  a disordered heap or mass of objects
5.  a state of disorder
6.  unwanted echoes that confuse the observation of signals on a radar screen
 
[C15 clotter, from clotteren to clot]

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clutter
1550s, var. of clotern "to form clots, to heap on," sense of "litter" is first recorded 1660s. (see clot).
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