- 1[transitive] litter something to be spread around a place, making it look untidy Piles of books and newspapers littered the floor. Broken glass littered the streets.
- 2[transitive, usually passive, intransitive] litter (something) (with something) to leave things in a place, making it look untidy The floor was littered with papers. (North American English) He was arrested for littering.
- 3[transitive] be littered with something to contain or involve a lot of a particular type of thing, usually something bad Your essay is littered with spelling mistakes. Word Origin Middle English (originally referring to a structure used to carry people carried on men's shoulders or by animals): from Old French litiere, from medieval Latin lectaria, from Latin lectus
BrE BrE//ˈlɪtə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they litter
BrE BrE//ˈlɪtə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtər//he / she / it litters
BrE BrE//ˈlɪtəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtərz//past simple littered
BrE BrE//ˈlɪtəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtərd//past participle littered
BrE BrE//ˈlɪtəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtərd//-ing form littering
BrE BrE//ˈlɪtərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtərɪŋ//