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clutter

[kluht-er] /ˈklʌt ər/
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
1550-1560
1550-60; variant of clotter (now obsolete), equivalent to clot + -er6
Related forms
overclutter, verb (used with object)
unclutter, verb (used with object)
uncluttered, adjective
Synonyms
5. mess, disorder, jumble.
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British Dictionary definitions for unclutter

clutter

/ˈklʌtə/
verb
1.
(usually transitive) often foll by up. to strew or amass (objects) in a disorderly manner
2.
(intransitive) to move about in a bustling manner
3.
(intransitive) to chatter or babble
noun
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
Word Origin
C15 clotter, from clotteren to clot
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Word Origin and History for unclutter

clutter

v.

1550s, "to collect in heaps," variant of clotern "to form clots, to heap on" (c.1400); related to clot (n.). Sense of "to litter" is first recorded 1660s. Related: Cluttered; cluttering.

n.

1570s, "things lying in heaps or confusion," from clutter (v.); the "litter" sense is from 1660s.

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