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v. clat·tered, clat·ter·ing, clat·ters
1. To make a rattling sound.
2. To move with a rattling sound: clattering along on roller skates.
3. To talk rapidly and noisily; chatter.
To cause to make a rattling sound.
1. A rattling sound: the clatter of dishes in the kitchen.
2. A loud disturbance; a racket: the clatter of the subway train.
3. Noisy talk; chatter.

[Middle English clateren, from Old English *clatrian; see gal- in Indo-European roots.]

clat′ter·er n.
clat′ter·y adj.
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Adj.1.clattery - a rattling sound as of hard things striking together; "a clattery typewriter"; "the clattery sound of dishes"
noisy - full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds; "a noisy cafeteria"; "a small noisy dog"
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She was so gay and responsive that one did not mind her heavy, running step, or her clattery way with pans.
There was a small piano in this room, a clattery, wheezy, asthmatic thing, certainly the very worst miscarriage in the way of a piano that the world has seen.
The four-pot diesel is a tad clattery on start up but smoothes out later.
Under the bonnet of my car was a new 2.0 litre diesel unit which is much more refined than the previous, clattery 2.1 litre option and offers improvements in performance and economy.
Low mileage buyers need to factor in the possibility of petrol power, too, especially if they don't like the rather clattery diesel noise you get on start-up.
Low-mileage buyers need to factor in the possibility of petrol power too, especially if they don't like the rather clattery diesel noise you get on start-up.
My test car was mated to a seven-speed auto box with super smooth gear changes, although the torquey engine was a little clattery under pressure.
It stays quite a refined unit though, whereas the 1.6-litre turbodiesel is a bit clattery. However the diesel has significantly more punch and is much more flexible across the rev range.
The music he produces has a makeshift, clattery sound, which is offset by the strong melodies that form the backbone of his songs.
Smooth-riding and as quiet as a mouse in carpet slippers, there's no reason why you'd ever go back to a clattery old diesel.
Independent suspension at the rear increased the car's already great handling characteristics and, under the bonnet, the clattery, soon-to-be phased out TDI engines were also joined by smoother, quieter and more powerful common-rail units.
And he watched --he couldn't help it--the clattery collapse, collapse, collapse as the animal tested its hooves and fell.