loud, noisy

The wheels of the cart made a terrible clatter on the road.

with a clatter

She dropped her fork with a clatter.

clatter of

There was a clatter of hoofs and several riders drew up.

loudly, noisily

The mug clattered against her teeth.


Something heavy came clattering down the stairs.


His boots clattered on the stairs.


The knife clattered noisily to the floor.

come clattering, go clattering
Clatter is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑cart, ↑knife

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  • Clatter — Clat ter, n. 1. A rattling noise, esp. that made by the collision of hard bodies; also, any loud, abrupt sound; a repetition of abrupt sounds. [1913 Webster] The goose let fall a golden egg With cackle and with clatter. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clatter — ► NOUN ▪ a loud rattling sound as of hard objects striking each other. ► VERB 1) make a clatter. 2) fall or move with a clatter. ORIGIN Old English, of imitative origin …   English terms dictionary

  • Clatter — Clat ter, v. t. To make a rattling noise with. [1913 Webster] You clatter still your brazen kettle. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clatter — Clat ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Clattered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Clattering}.] [AS. cla?rung a rattle, akin to D. klateren to rattle. Cf. {Clack}.] 1. To make a rattling sound by striking hard bodies together; to make a succession of abrupt, rattling… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clatter — [n] loud noise ballyhoo*, bluster, clack, clangor, hullabaloo*, pandemonium, racket, rattle, rumpus, shattering, smashing; concepts 181,189,595 clatter [v] crash; make racket bang, bluster, bump, clang, clank, clash, hurtle, noise, rattle, roar,… …   New thesaurus

  • clatter — [klat′ər] vi. [ME clateren < OE * clatrian (akin to MDu klateren) < IE base * gal , to CALL, cry out] 1. to make, or move with, a rapid succession of loud, sharp noises; rattle 2. to chatter noisily vt. to cause to clatter n. [ME clater… …   English World dictionary

  • clatter — index noise Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • clatter — late O.E. clatrung, probably from O.E. *clatrian, of imitative origin. Cf. M.Du. klateren, E.Fris. klatern, dial. Ger. klattern. The noun is attested from mid 14c. Clatterer or clatterfart, which wyl disclose anye light secreate. [Richard Huloet …   Etymology dictionary

  • Clatter — Coordinates: 52°32′32″N 3°28′36″W / 52.54215°N 3.47679°W / 52.54215; 3.47679 …   Wikipedia

  • clatter — verb 1 (I, T) if heavy hard objects clatter, or if you clatter them, they make a loud unpleasant noise: The tray fell clattering to the ground. 2 (intransitive always + adv/prep) to move quickly and noisily: clatter over/down/along etc: The horse …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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