verb (used without object)

  1. to make a loud, rattling sound, as that produced by hard objects striking rapidly one against the other: The shutters clattered in the wind.
  2. to move rapidly with such a sound: The iron-wheeled cart clattered down the street.
  3. to talk fast and noisily; chatter: They clattered on and on about their children.

verb (used with object)

  1. to cause to clatter: clattering the pots and pans in the sink.


  1. a rattling noise or series of rattling noises: The stagecoach made a terrible clatter going over the wooden bridge.
  2. noisy disturbance; din; racket.
  3. noisy talk; din of voices: They had to shout over the clatter at the cocktail party.
  4. idle talk; gossip.


  1. to make or cause to make a rattling noise, esp as a result of movement
  2. (intr) to chatter


  1. a rattling sound or noise
  2. a noisy commotion, such as one caused by loud chatter

late Old English clatrung “clattering, noise,” verbal noun implying an Old English *clatrian, of imitative origin. Cf. Middle Dutch klateren, East Frisian klatern, dialectal German klattern. The noun is attested from mid-14c.

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