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clatter +‎ -y


clattery (comparative more clattery, superlative most clattery)

  1. (informal) Tending to cause a clatter; noisy and possibly cumbersome.
    • 1880, Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, Hartford, CT: American Publishing Company, Chapter 32, p. 341,[1]
      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.
    • 1918, Willa Cather, My Ántonia, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Book 1, Chapter 19, pp. 157-158,[2]
      She was so gay and responsive that one did not mind her heavy, running step, or her clattery way with pans.
    • 1982, Don DeLillo, The Names, New York: Vintage, 1989, Chapter 14, p. 337,[3]
      All his words were poor clattery English like a stutterrer at the front of the class.
    • 2013, Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers, New York: Scribner, Chapter 6, p. 99,[4]
      The truck’s clattery, loose-valved idle.