Definition of clatter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkladər/


[in singular]
A continuous rattling sound as of hard objects falling or striking each other: the horse spun around with a clatter of hooves she dropped her knife and fork with a clatter
More example sentences
  • It was almost silent in there, other than the occasional shrill outburst of a young child, or the clatter of a fork falling to the ground.
  • Emily woke up and flinched when she heard the loud clatter from the kitchen.
  • The sound of silence was gently broken by the distant clatter of horse hooves.


1Make or cause to make a continuous rattling sound: [no object]: her coffee cup clattered in the saucer [with object]: she clattered cups and saucers onto a tray
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  • As I walked across the fields I could hear sounds of dishes clattering and chatter could be heard inside the palace walls.
  • The cotton mills of Bolton no longer clatter with the sound of looms, but they provided the town with a worldwide heritage.
  • He reached the table and took a seat, hearing dishes clatter a bit.
rattle, clank, clink, clunk, clang
1.1 [no object] Fall or move with a continuous rattling sound: the knife clattered to the floor
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  • He slowly lowered it, released the clip and let the gun clatter to the floor.
  • He let the sword clatter to the ground.
  • He let the gun clatter to the floor, stepping back while shaking his head.


Old English (as a verb), of imitative origin.

Words that rhyme with clatter

attar, batter, bespatter, chatter, flatter, hatter, Kenyatta, latter, matamata, matter, natter, patter, platter, ratter, regatta, satyr, scatter, shatter, smatter, spatter, splatter, yatter

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Syllabification: clat·ter

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