Definition of clatter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    clatter

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈklætə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklætər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clatter
    BrE BrE//ˈklætə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklætər//
     
    he / she / it clatters
    BrE BrE//ˈklætəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklætərz//
     
    past simple clattered
    BrE BrE//ˈklætəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklætərd//
     
    past participle clattered
    BrE BrE//ˈklætəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklætərd//
     
    -ing form clattering
    BrE BrE//ˈklætərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklætərɪŋ//
     
     
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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 cobbles. She heard him clattering around downstairs.
  3. Word Origin Old English (as a verb), of imitative origin.Extra examples His boots clattered on the stairs. Something heavy came clattering down the stairs. The knife clattered noisily to the floor. The mug clattered against her teeth.

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