clutter Definition

  • 1a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass
  • 2to fill or cover something with an untidy collection of things

Using clutter: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "clutter" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The room was full of clutter.

  • Example

    She cluttered the table with books and papers.

  • Example

    I need to declutter my closet.

  • Example

    The desk was cluttered with papers and pens.

clutter Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for clutter

Antonyms for clutter

Idioms Using clutter

  • in a confused or disordered state


    The company's finances were in a clutter after the CEO resigned.

  • clutter one's mind

    to fill one's mind with too many thoughts or worries


    I need to stop cluttering my mind with all these negative thoughts.

  • to cause problems or delays by introducing unnecessary complications


    Don't clutter up the works by adding more steps to the process.

Phrases with clutter

  • mental clutter

    an excess of thoughts or worries that make it difficult to think clearly


    I need to clear my mind of all this mental clutter before I can focus on my work.

  • to fill a space with unnecessary or useless things


    Don't clutter up the garage with things you don't need.

  • clutter-free

    a state of being free from clutter


    I feel so much better now that my house is clutter-free.

Origins of clutter

from Middle English 'clotteren', meaning 'to clot'


Summary: clutter in Brief

'Clutter' [ˈklʌtər] refers to a collection of things in an untidy mass, often filling a space. It can also mean to fill or cover something with an untidy collection of things. The term extends into phrases like 'mental clutter,' referring to an excess of thoughts or worries, and idioms like 'in a clutter,' denoting a confused or disordered state. 'Clutter' can be formalized as 'disorder.'