The word clutter can mean a messy jumble of objects. The disorganized clutter of shoes, hats, shirts, belts, jackets, and pants makes it impossible to find a thing in your closet!

Clutter can describe all those disorderly random things in your purse, but it can also refer to the random echoes that show up on a radar screen. The echos mix with other desired signals and can make it hard to track everything. As a verb, clutter is what you do when you fill up a space with a crazy mix of objects. You may clutter up the attic when you finally clean out that closet!

Definitions of clutter

n a confused multitude of things

fuddle, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, smother, welter
a jumble of things to be given away
Type of:
disorder, disorderliness
a condition in which things are not in their expected places

n unwanted echoes that interfere with the observation of signals on a radar screen

Type of:
radar echo
an electronic signal that has been reflected back to the radar antenna; contains information about the location and distance of the reflecting object
disturbance, interference, noise
electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication

v fill a space in a disorderly way

clutter up
clear, unclutter
rid of obstructions
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Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

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