What does clatter mean?

Definitions for clatter
ˈklæt ərclat·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word clatter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clatterverb

    a rattling noise (often produced by rapid movement)

    "the shutters clattered against the house"; "the clatter of iron wheels on cobblestones"

  2. clatter, clack, brattleverb

    make a rattling sound

    "clattering dishes"


  1. clatternoun

    A rattling noise.

  2. clatternoun

    A loud disturbance.

  3. clatternoun

    Noisy talk or chatter.

  4. clatterverb

    To cause to make a rattling sound.

  5. clatterverb

    To make a rattling noise

  6. clatterverb

    To chatter noisily or rapidly.

  7. clatterverb

    To hit; to smack

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. A Clatternoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I have seen a monkey overthrow all the dishes and plates in a kitchen, merely for the pleasure of seeing them tumble, and hearing the clatter they made in their fall. Jonathan Swift, to Ld. Bolingb.

    By this great clatter, one of greatest note
    Seems bruited. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Grow to be short,
    Throw by your clatter,
    And handle the matter. Ben Jonson, Under-woods.

    O Rourk’s jolly boys
    Ne’er dreamt of the matter,
    ’Till rous’d by the noise,
    And musical clatter. Jonathan Swift.

    The jumbling particles of matter,
    In chaos make not such a clatter. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Clatterverb

    I only with an oaken staff will meet thee,
    And raise such outcries on thy clatter’d iron,
    That thou oft’ shalt wish thyself at Gath. John Milton, Agonist.

    When all the bees are gone to settle,
    You clatter still your brazen kettle. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To CLATTERverb

    Etymology: clatrunge, a rattle, Saxon.

    Now the sprightly trumpet, from afar,
    Had rouz’d the neighing steeds to scour the fields,
    While the fierce riders clatter’d on their shields. John Dryden, Æn.

    All that night was heard an unwonted clattering of weapons, and of men running to and fro. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    Down sunk the monster-bulk, and press’d the ground;
    His arms and clatt’ring shield on the vast body sound. Dryd.

    Their clattering arms with the fierce shocks resound,
    Helmets and broken launces spread the ground. George Granville.

    Here is a great deal of good matter
    Lost for lack of telling;
    Now, siker, I see thou do’st but clatter;
    Harm may come of melling. Edmund Spenser, Pastorals.

    All those airy speculations, which bettered not men’s manners, were only a noise and clattering of words. Decay of Piety.


  1. clatter

    Clatter refers to a continuous or repeated loud, hard noise often produced by objects striking or falling against each other. It can also refer to the act of making or causing such noise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clatterverb

    to make a rattling sound by striking hard bodies together; to make a succession of abrupt, rattling sounds

  2. Clatterverb

    to talk fast and noisily; to rattle with the tongue

  3. Clatterverb

    to make a rattling noise with

  4. Clatternoun

    a rattling noise, esp. that made by the collision of hard bodies; also, any loud, abrupt sound; a repetition of abrupt sounds

  5. Clatternoun

    commotion; disturbance

  6. Clatternoun

    rapid, noisy talk; babble; chatter

  7. Etymology: [AS. clarung a rattle, akin to D. klateren to rattle. Cf. Clack.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clatter

    klat′ėr, n. a repeated rattling noise: a repetition of abrupt, sharp sounds: noisy talk: (Burns) gossip.—v.i. to make rattling sounds: to rattle with the tongue: to talk fast and idly.—v.t. to strike so as to produce a rattling.—adv. Clatt′eringly. [Acc. to Skeat, clatter = clacker, a freq. of Clack.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clatter in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clatter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of clatter in a Sentence

  1. Allyson Gantt:

    There's just something magical about this place with the clear dark water below and the soft wispy cypress needles above, the cypress trees are usually covered with bromeliads, spiky air plants that gather water from dew and rain and simply use their host trees for support. On a windy day, the cypress trees clatter just a little bit as they brush up against each other.

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Translations for clatter

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  • дрънкам, тропам, трополя, тупурдия, тракане, тракам, тропотBulgarian
  • Gepolter, poltern, klappern, GeklapperGerman
  • estrépitoSpanish
  • kolista, rytinä, kolistaa, kalina, kalista, kolisuttaa, kolinaFinnish
  • bruitFrench
  • грохот, трескотня, галдёж, лязгRussian
  • zveketatiSerbo-Croatian

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