Definition of clutter in English:

clutter

Syllabification: clut·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈklətər
 
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noun

  • 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.
    Synonyms
    mess, jumble, litter, heap, tangle, muddle, hodgepodgedisorder, chaos, disarray, untidiness, mess, confusion; litter, rubbish, junk

verb

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  • 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.
    Synonyms
    litter, mess up, disarrange; be strewn, be scattered
    literary bestrew

Origin

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

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