Clutter Definition

cluttered, cluttering, clutters
A number of things scattered in disorder; jumble.
Webster's New World
A confused noise; a clatter.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
The interference on a radarscope caused by hills, buildings, etc.
Webster's New World

Background echos, from clouds etc., on a radar or sonar screen.

cluttered, cluttering, clutters
To put into disorder; jumble.
Webster's New World
To fill or spread over in a disorderly manner.
Boxes cluttered the garage.
American Heritage
To make disorderly or hard to use by filling or covering with objects.
I cluttered up my desk with old memos.
American Heritage
To make a clatter; bustle.
Webster's New World
To run or move with bustle and confusion.
American Heritage

Origin of Clutter

  • Probably from Middle English cloteren to clot from clot lump from Old English clott

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare Welsh cludair (“heap, pile”), cludeirio (“to heap”).

    From Wiktionary

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