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lit·ter

litter

 
 
pronunciation:
lI tr
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a mess of waste materials or other objects scattered about.
We cleaned up the litter along the side of the road.
 
synonyms:
jumble
similar words:
debris, garbage, hash, junk, mess, muddle, refuse, rubbish, trash
definition 2: a group of young animals, such as puppies, born to one mother at one time.
 
synonyms:
brood, young
similar words:
issue, offspring, spawn
definition 3: a device for carrying a sick or injured person.
The soldier who had been wounded in battle was placed on a litter and carried to safety.
similar words:
pallet
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: litters, littering, littered
definition 1: to make messy by scattering rubbish or other objects.
He littered the floor with bits of paper.
synonyms:
clutter
similar words:
mess, muddle, muss
definition 2: to scatter refuse or other objects about.
It is not good manners to litter.
similar words:
mess
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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