What does litter mean?

Definitions for litter
ˈlɪt ərlit·ter

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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


  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

  11. Origin: [F. litire, LL. lectaria, fr. L. lectus couch, bed. See Lie to be prostrated, and cf. Coverlet.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Litter

    lit′ėr, n. a heap of straw, &c., for animals to lie upon: materials for a bed: any scattered collection of objects, esp. of little value: a vehicle containing a bed for carrying about, a hospital stretcher: a brood of small quadrupeds.—v.t. to cover or supply with litter: to scatter carelessly about: to give birth to (said of small animals).—v.i. to produce a litter or brood.—p.adj. Litt′ered. [O. Fr. litiere—Low L. lectaria—L. lectus, a bed.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. litter

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of litter in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of litter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of litter in a Sentence

  1. Brad Mays:

    One foot on Mount Olympus, the other in the kitty litter.

  2. Ashima:

    Water batter ground, I chatter around, no jitter sound, but litter mound!

  3. Henry David Thoreau:

    What men call good fellowship is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter which lie close together to keep each other warm.

  4. Musa Bukar:

    Dead bodies litter the bushes in the area and it is still no?t safe to go and pick them (up) for burial, some people who hid in their homes were burned alive.

  5. Victor Hugo, "Les Miserables":

    The peasants of the Asturias believe that in every litter of wolves there is one pup that is killed by the mother for fear that on growing up it would devour the other little ones.

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  • بعثر, نقالةArabic
  • toradBreton
  • mrť, nosítkaCzech
  • kuldDanish
  • Abfall wegwerfen, Streu, Sänfte, Abfall, Trage, Bahre, Wurf, ferkelnGerman
  • parir, cama, detritus, letiera, litera, colchón de hojas, camadaSpanish
  • varisEstonian
  • kantotuoli, karike, poikue, poikia, roskata, pesue, roska, kuivikeFinnish
  • portée, litière, détritusFrench
  • מטהHebrew
  • alom, kölykezikHungarian
  • samburi, got, rusl, drasl, ungiIcelandic
  • palanchino, lettiera, immondizia, portantina, spazzatura, rifiuti, lettigaItalian
  • ごみを すてる, [[一]][[腹]]の[[子]], ごみJapanese
  • lecticaLatin
  • vada, šiukšlės, pabirosLithuanian
  • vaislaLatvian
  • parahanga, kauamo, whataamoMāori
  • seperinduk, perindukMalay
  • kullNorwegian
  • strooisel, sluikstorten, draagbaar, vuil, worp, zwerfvuil, draagbed, afval, draagstoel, zwerfafval, werpen, vuilnisDutch
  • kullNorwegian Nynorsk
  • miot, ściółka, śmieci, lektyka, żwirekPolish
  • lixo, ninhada, macaPortuguese
  • lectică, făta, litieră, puiRomanian
  • паланкин, подстилка, насорить, сорить, помёт, выводок, носилки, сор, приплод, мусор, мусоритьRussian
  • nosiljka, legloSerbo-Croatian
  • nosilnica, legloSlovene
  • strö, skräp, bår, skräpa ner, avfall, bärstol, sopor, kullSwedish

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