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Definition of "litter" []

  • A disorderly accumulation of objects; a pile. (noun)
  • Carelessly discarded refuse, such as wastepaper: the litter in the streets after a parade. (noun)
  • The offspring produced at one birth by a multiparous mammal. See Synonyms at flock1. (noun)
  • Material, such as straw, used as bedding for animals. (noun)
  • An absorbent material, such as granulated clay, for covering the floor of an animal's cage or excretory box. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "litter" in a sentence
  • "We're knee deep in litter from the plastering of the walls."
  • "Now, when the word litter appears in the text, it is prefaced with "can become" or is used as a verb. key statistics in the text to reflect the American Chemistry Council's preferred numbers."
  • "In fact, the runt of the litter is our No. 1 ranked netminder: Jean-Francois Berube at just 6-1 and a slender 166 pounds."