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litter

lit·ter

litter

 
 
pronunciation:
lI tr
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: pieces of waste paper and other objects scattered around a place.
We cleaned up the litter along the side of the road.
 
similar words:
garbage, junk, mess, trash
definition 2: a group of young animals born to one mother at one time.
My cat had a litter of six kittens.
 
synonyms:
young
similar words:
issue
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: littered, littering, litters
definition: to make messy by scattering waste paper or other objects.
He littered the floor with bits of paper.
Word History
Litter comes from an early French word for "bed." "Bed" was the first meaning of the word in English, and all of its modern meanings have something to do with a bed.
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