from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make a rattling sound.
- intransitive v. To move with a rattling sound: clattering along on roller skates.
- intransitive v. To talk rapidly and noisily; chatter.
- transitive v. To cause to make a rattling sound.
- n. A rattling sound: the clatter of dishes in the kitchen.
- n. A loud disturbance; a racket: the clatter of the subway train.
- n. Noisy talk; chatter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rattling noise.
- n. A loud disturbance.
- n. Noisy talk or chatter.
- v. To cause to make a rattling sound.
- v. To make a rattling noise
- v. To chatter noisily or rapidly.
- v. To hit; to smack
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make a rattling sound by striking hard bodies together; to make a succession of abrupt, rattling sounds.
- intransitive v. To talk fast and noisily; to rattle with the tongue.
- transitive v. To make a rattling noise with.
- n. A rattling noise, esp. that made by the collision of hard bodies; also, any loud, abrupt sound; a repetition of abrupt sounds.
- n. Commotion; disturbance.
- n. Rapid, noisy talk; babble; chatter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a rattling sound; make repeated sharp, confused sounds, as when sonorous bodies strike or are struck rapidly together; rattle.
- To talk fast and idly; chatter; rattle with the tongue.
- To make a rattling noise with; cause to sound interruptedly by striking together, or with or against something: as, to clatter dishes or the tongs.
- To utter glibly and in a rattling manner; tattle; chatter.
- n. A rapid succession of sharp sounds; rattling, rapidly repeated, and confused noises.
- n. Idle gossip; tattle.
- n. A heap of loose boulders or broken rocks. Compare clutter.
- n. Noisy gabble or talk; confused din of many jabbering tongues.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rattling noise (often produced by rapid movement)
- v. make a rattling sound
Middle English clateren, from Old English *clatrian; see gal- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)