- The definition of clatter refers to a rattling sound, or fast rapid talking.
An example of a clatter is the sound of a train on the tracks.
- Clatter means to make noise or racket.
An example of clatter is to shuffle around in a bunch of metal pieces.
- to make, or move with, a rapid succession of loud, sharp noises; rattle
- to chatter noisily
Origin of clatterMiddle English clateren ; from Old English an unverified form clatrian (akin to Middle Dutch klateren) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gal-, to call, cry out
- a rapid succession of loud, sharp noises
- a tumult; hubbub
- noisy chatter
Origin of clatterME clater < the v.
verbclat·tered, clat·ter·ing, clat·ters
- To make a rattling sound.
- To move with a rattling sound: clattering along on roller skates.
- To talk rapidly and noisily; chatter.
- A rattling sound: the clatter of dishes in the kitchen.
- A loud disturbance; a racket: the clatter of the subway train.
- Noisy talk; chatter.
Origin of clatterMiddle English clateren, from Old English *clatrian; see gal- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present clatters, present participle clattering, simple past and past participle clattered)
- To cause to make a rattling sound.
- (intransitive) To make a rattling noise.
- (intransitive) To chatter noisily or rapidly.
- (Northern England) To hit; to smack.