- Middle English clatren, from Old English *clatrian; of imitative origin
- 13th century
: to make a rattling sound <the dishes clattered on the shelf>
: to talk noisily or rapidly
: to move or go with a clatter <clattered down the stairs>
: to cause to clatter
clatter. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
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