Definition of clatter in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈklatə


[in singular]
A continuous rattling sound as of hard objects falling or striking each other: the horse spun round with a clatter of hooves
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  • 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.


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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 on to 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.
1.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Fall or move with a clatter: they heard Sybil’s shoes clattering up the stone steps 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.
1.2 [with object] British informal (Of a soccer player) foul (an opponent): Bennett clattered Coleman ten yards out from goal [no object]: Thatcher clattered into Beckham
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  • Lee Chun Soo has just received a yellow card for clattering into Gattuso.
  • Yellow card for Frings, who's just clattered into Frank Lampard with his head.
  • Fernando Morientes is the first to get clattered, by Marcel Desailly in midfield.


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

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