Definition of clutter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklədər/


[with object]
Crowd (something) untidily; fill with clutter: his apartment was cluttered with paintings and antiques luggage cluttered up the hallway
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  • The trailer was cluttered with the mess of three guys trapped in a small space for a week.
  • Filling our houses with things that we don't need clutters our homes and is putting a severe strain on natural resources.
  • There were also always lots of bicycles cluttering the hall.
litter, mess up, disarrange;
be strewn, be scattered
literary bestrew


1A collection of things lying about in an untidy mass: the attic is full of clutter
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  • I don't suppose I'll use the extra space much other than simply collect twice as much clutter as before.
  • Overall, the house is much less full of clutter.
  • We also found general clutter and miscellaneous obstructions, including cooling lines laid across the floors.
1.1 [in singular] An untidy state: the room was in a clutter of smelly untidiness
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  • I keyed into the clutter and the chaos, taking a more abstract expressionist approach, filling the frame with lots of junk while trying to maintain some order.
  • In the recent past, various campaign groups, celebrity commentators and the media have raised protests against the clutter and chaos of England's streets.
  • Much as I hate to admit it, I actually miss the noise and the chaos and the clutter.
mess, jumble, litter, heap, tangle, muddle, hodgepodge
disorder, chaos, disarray, untidiness, mess, confusion;
litter, rubbish, junk


Late Middle English (as a verb): variant of dialect clotter 'to clot', influenced by cluster and clatter.

Words that rhyme with clutter

abutter, aflutter, butter, Calcutta, constructor, cutter, declutter, flutter, gutter, mutter, nutter, scutter, shutter, splutter, sputter, strutter, stutter, utter

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Syllabification: clut·ter

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