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clat·ter / ˈklatər/ • n. [in sing.] a continuous rattling sound as of hard objects falling or striking each other: the horse spun around with a clatter of hooves. ∎  noisy rapid talk. • v. make or cause to make a continuous rattling sound: [intr.] her coffee cup clattered in the saucer | [tr.] she clattered cups and saucers onto a tray. ∎  [intr.] fall or move with such a sound: the knife clattered to the floor.

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Clatter

a scattered mass of loose stones; a confusion of voices. See also clutter.

Examples: clatter of grey rock, 1873; of stones; of tongues in empty heads, 1851.

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clatter

clatter XIV. OE. *clatrian, implied in clatrung, corr. to (M)Du. klateren rattle, chatter, frequent. formation (see -ER 4) on imit. base *klat-.

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clatterattar, batter, bespatter, chatter, clatter, flatter, hatter, Kenyatta, latter, matamata, matter, natter, patter, platter, ratter, regatta, satyr, scatter, shatter, smatter, spatter, splatter, yatter •abstractor, actor, attractor, compactor, contractor, enactor, exactor, extractor, factor, infractor, protractor, redactor, refractor, tractor, transactor •Atlanta, banter, canter, infanta, levanter, manta, ranter, Santa, tam-o'-shanter •adaptor, captor, chapter, raptor •Antofagasta, aster, Astor, canasta, Jocasta, oleaster, pasta, piastre (US piaster), pilaster, poetaster, Rasta, Zoroasterdragster, gagster •Baxter • prankster • hamster •gangsta, gangster •malefactor • benefactor •pitter-patter • subcontractor •chiropractor

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