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Definition of clatter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clatter
    he / she / it clatters
    past simple clattered
    -ing form clattering
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  1. 1[intransitive] if hard objects clatter, they knock together and make a loud noise He dropped the knife and it clattered on the stone floor. Her cup clattered in the saucer.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move, making a loud noise like hard objects knocking together The cart clattered over the cobblestones. She heard him clattering around downstairs.
clatter (also clattering) noun [singular]
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the clatter of horses' hoofs