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

     

    litter

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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.
  4. 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 ‘bed’. Senses 1 and 2 date from the mid 18th cent.
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