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litter

lit·ter

litter

 
pronunciation:
lI tr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a disorderly scatter of objects, esp. waste materials.
There was a great deal of litter along the sides of the highway.
 
synonyms:
clutter, hodgepodge, jumble, mishmash
similar words:
debris, garbage, hash, junk, mess, muddle, refuse, rubbish, rummage, trash
definition 2: a group of young animals, such as puppies, born to one mother on a single occasion.
Our dog had six puppies in her first litter.This is the smallest pig of the litter.
 
synonyms:
brood, young
similar words:
hatch, issue, kindle, offspring, spawn
definition 3: material such as straw, wood shavings, or clay granules spread in a stable, chicken coop, pet's cage or the like.
How often do you change the litter in your hamster's cage?
synonyms:
bedding
similar words:
straw
definition 4: a stretcher or similar apparatus on which a sick or injured person is carried.
The wounded soldier was placed on a litter and carried to safety.
synonyms:
stretcher
similar words:
pallet
definition 5: a covered and curtained bed or couch mounted on poles, used to carry someone.
The maharajah was carried through the streets on a splendid litter.
synonyms:
palanquin, sedan chair
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: littered, littering, litters
definition 1: to scatter (objects) in a disorderly manner.
He litters his magazines all over the living room.
synonyms:
strew
similar words:
jumble, mix up, scatter, scramble, sprinkle, tumble
definition 2: to make (a place) messy by scattering rubbish or other objects.
The festival crowd littered the streets with drink cups and beer bottles.His floor was littered with old newspapers.
synonyms:
clutter, strew
similar words:
hash, mess, muddle, muss
definition 3: to give birth to (a group of young).
synonyms:
bear, produce
similar words:
breed, whelp
definition 4: to provide (an animal) with straw or the like for bedding.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to scatter objects, esp. refuse, in a disorderly manner.
It's against the law to litter in the park.
similar words:
mess
definition 2: to give birth to a litter.
Our sow littered last month.
synonyms:
bear, breed
similar words:
issue, pup, spawn
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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