Definitions for litterˈlɪt ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lit•terˈlɪt ər(n.)

  1. objects strewn or scattered about; scattered rubbish.

  2. a condition of disorder or untidiness:

    We were appalled at the litter of the room.

  3. a number of young brought forth by a multiparous animal at one birth:

    a litter of six kittens.

    Category: Zoology

  4. a framework of cloth stretched between two parallel bars, for the transportation of a sick or wounded person; stretcher.

  5. a vehicle carried by people or animals, consisting of a bed or couch, often covered and curtained, suspended between shafts.

  6. straw, hay, or the like, used as bedding for animals or as protection for plants.

  7. the layer of slightly decomposed organic material on the surface of the floor of the forest.

  8. any of various absorbent materials used for lining a box in which a cat can eliminate waste.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. (v.t.)to strew (a place) with scattered objects, rubbish, etc.

  10. to scatter (objects) in disorder.

  11. to be strewn about (a place) in disorder (often fol. by up).

  12. to cover (a floor or other area) with straw, hay, etc., for litter.

  13. (v.i.)to give birth to a litter.

    Category: Zoology

  14. to strew objects about:

    a fine for littering.

Origin of litter:

1250–1300; ME litere bed, litter < AF; OF litiere < ML lectāria= L lect(us) bed


Princeton's WordNet

  1. litter(noun)

    the offspring at one birth of a multiparous mammal

  2. litter(noun)

    rubbish carelessly dropped or left about (especially in public places)

  3. litter(noun)

    conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers

  4. bedding material, bedding, litter(verb)

    material used to provide a bed for animals

  5. litter(verb)


    "Cigar butts littered the ground"

  6. litter(verb)

    make a place messy by strewing garbage around

  7. litter(verb)

    give birth to a litter of animals

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. litter(noun)ˈɪtɚ

    garbage people have dropped on the ground

    streets covered in litter

  2. litterˈɪtɚ

    a number of kittens, puppies, etc. born at the same time

    five kittens in the litter

  3. litter(verb)ˈɪtɚ

    (of garbage or other items) to cover and area

    The streets were littered with cans and bottles.; fined for littering the streets

  4. litterˈɪtɚ

    full of

    Our nation's history is littered with shameful secrets.; a speech littered with praise for doctors and nurses


  1. litter(Noun)

    A platform mounted on two shafts, or a more elaborate construction, designed to be carried by two (or more) people to transport one (in luxury models sometimes more) third person(s) or (occasionally in the elaborate version) a cargo, such as a religious idol.

  2. litter(Noun)

    The offspring of a mammal born in one birth.

  3. litter(Noun)

    Material used as bedding for animals.

  4. litter(Noun)

    Collectively, items discarded on the ground.

  5. litter(Noun)

    Absorbent material used in an animal's litter tray

  6. litter(Noun)

    Layer of fallen leaves and similar organic matter in a forest floor.

  7. litter(Verb)

    To drop or throw trash without properly disposing of it (as discarding in public areas rather than trash receptacles).

  8. litter(Verb)

    To give birth to, used of animals.

  9. litter(Verb)

    To be supplied with litter as bedding; to sleep or make one's bed in litter.

  10. litter(Verb)

    To produce a litter of young.

  11. Origin: From litière, from lit, ‘bed’, from lectus; confer Greek λέκτρον. Had the sense ‘bed’ in very early English, but then came to mean ‘portable couch’, ‘bedding’, ‘strewn rushes (for animals)’, ...

Webster Dictionary

  1. Litter(noun)

    a bed or stretcher so arranged that a person, esp. a sick or wounded person, may be easily carried in or upon it

  2. Litter(noun)

    straw, hay, etc., scattered on a floor, as bedding for animals to rest on; also, a covering of straw for plants

  3. Litter(noun)

    things lying scattered about in a manner indicating slovenliness; scattered rubbish

  4. Litter(noun)

    disorder or untidiness resulting from scattered rubbish, or from thongs lying about uncared for; as, a room in a state of litter

  5. Litter(noun)

    the young brought forth at one time, by a sow or other multiparous animal, taken collectively. Also Fig

  6. Litter(verb)

    to supply with litter, as cattle; to cover with litter, as the floor of a stall

  7. Litter(verb)

    to put into a confused or disordered condition; to strew with scattered articles; as, to litter a room

  8. Litter(verb)

    to give birth to; to bear; -- said of brutes, esp. those which produce more than one at a birth, and also of human beings, in abhorrence or contempt

  9. Litter(verb)

    to be supplied with litter as bedding; to sleep or make one's bed in litter

  10. Litter(verb)

    to produce a litter


  1. Litter

    Litter consists of waste products that have been disposed improperly, without consent, in an inappropriate location. Litter can also be used as a verb. To litter means to throw objects onto the ground and leave them as opposed to disposing of them properly. Larger hazardous items such as tires, appliances, electronics and large industrial containers are often dumped in isolated locations, such as National Forests and other public land. It is a human impact on the environment and is a serious environmental issue in many countries. Litter can exist in the environment for long periods of time before degrading and be transported large distances into the world's oceans. Litter can affect quality of life. Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, with 4.5 trillion discarded annually. Cigarette butts can take up to five years to completely break down. Statistics in 2003 showed metal/aluminum drink cans as the least littered item.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. litter

    A basket or frame utilized for the transport of injured persons.

Anagrams of litter

  1. tilter

Translations for litter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an untidy mess of paper, rubbish etc

Put your litter in that bin.

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