litter

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From French litière, from lit (bed), from Latin lectus; confer Ancient Greek λέκτρον (léktron). Had the sense ‘bed’ in very early English, but then came to mean ‘portable couch’, ‘bedding’, ‘strewn rushes (for animals)’, etc.

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litter (countable and uncountable, plural litters)

  1. (countable) A platform mounted on two shafts, or a more elaborate construction, designed to be carried by two (or more) people to transport one (in luxury models sometimes more) third person(s) or (occasionally in the elaborate version) a cargo, such as a religious idol.
  2. (collective, countable) The offspring of a mammal born in one birth.
  3. (uncountable) Material used as bedding for animals.
    sleep in the litter
  4. (uncountable) Collectively, items discarded on the ground.
    Don't drop litter
    Put litter in the bin
    • 1730, Jonathan Swift, s:The Lady's Dressing Room
      Strephon [...] / Stole in, and took a strict survey / Of all the litter as it lay.
    • 1962 October, Brian Haresnape, “Focus on B.R. passenger stations”, in Modern Railways, page 254:
      The British people seem incapable of avoiding the habit of leaving litter wherever they go, and the railways certainly seem to receive their fair share of it, in carriages and on stations.
  5. (uncountable) Absorbent material used in an animal's litter tray
    the cat's litter
  6. (uncountable) Layer of fallen leaves and similar organic matter in a forest floor.
  7. A covering of straw for plants.

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litter (third-person singular simple present litters, present participle littering, simple past and past participle littered)

  1. (intransitive) To drop or throw trash without properly disposing of it (as discarding in public areas rather than trash receptacles).
    By tossing the bottle out the window, he was littering.
  2. (transitive) To scatter carelessly about.
  3. (transitive) To strew (a place) with scattered articles.
  4. (transitive) To give birth to, used of animals.
  5. (intransitive) To produce a litter of young.
  6. (transitive) To supply (cattle etc.) with litter; to cover with litter, as the floor of a stall.
  7. (intransitive) To be supplied with litter as bedding; to sleep or make one's bed in litter.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French luitier, loitier, luiter (compare French lutter), from Vulgar Latin luctāre, from Latin luctor, luctārī (struggle, wrestle, fight).

Verb[edit]

litter

  1. (Jersey) to wrestle

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