verb (used without object)
- to make a loud, rattling sound, as that produced by hard objects striking rapidly one against the other: The shutters clattered in the wind.
- to move rapidly with such a sound: The iron-wheeled cart clattered down the street.
- to talk fast and noisily; chatter: They clattered on and on about their children.
verb (used with object)
- to cause to clatter: clattering the pots and pans in the sink.
- a rattling noise or series of rattling noises: The stagecoach made a terrible clatter going over the wooden bridge.
- noisy disturbance; din; racket.
- noisy talk; din of voices: They had to shout over the clatter at the cocktail party.
- idle talk; gossip.
- to make or cause to make a rattling noise, esp as a result of movement
- (intr) to chatter
- a rattling sound or noise
- 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.