clut·ter / ˈklətər/ • n. a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass: the attic is full of clutter. ∎ [in sing.] an untidy state: the room was in a clutter of smelly untidiness. • v. [tr.] crowd (something) untidily; fill with clutter: his apartment was cluttered with paintings and antiques luggage cluttered up the hallway.
a confused collection; a clotted mass; a crowded and confused group; a collection. See also clowder.
Examples: clutter of bodies, 1674; of business, 1649; of cats; of citations, 1666; of consonants, 1791; of narrow crooked, dark, and dirty lanes, 1792; of drops against the glass, 1841; of spiders; of thick and deep grass, 1670.