A clatter is a clacking or rattling sound, like the clatter of horse hooves on pavement or the clatter of toys being thrown down a wooden staircase by an angry child.

Clatter is also a verb, meaning "to make a continuous rattling or clanking sound." You might clatter down the school hallway in your clogs, or watch your dogs clatter across a frozen pond, their toenails clicking on the ice. Clatter comes from the Old English onomatopoeic clatrung, "a clattering," or simply "noise."

Definitions of clatter

n a rattling noise (often produced by rapid movement)

“the shutters clattered against the house”
“the clatter of iron wheels on cobblestones”
Type of:
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

v make a rattling sound

“clatter ing dishes
brattle, clack
Type of:
make noise, noise, resound
emit a noise

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