English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'litter'

(noun) 
Definition
small items of rubbish carelessly dropped in public places
If you see litter in the corridor, pick it up.
Synonyms
rubbish
unwanted household rubbish
,
refuse
a weekly collection of refuse
,
waste
This country produces 10 million tonnes of toxic waste every year.
,
fragments
,
junk
What are you going to do with all that junk?
,
debris
Seven vehicles were damaged by flying debris.
,
shreds
,
garbage mainly US)
rotting piles of garbage
,
trash
The yards are overgrown and cluttered with trash.
, ,
detritus
burnt-out buildings, littered with the detritus of war
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grot (slang)
(noun) 
Definition
a disordered or untidy collection of objects
He pushed aside the litter of books.
Synonyms
jumble
a meaningless jumble of words
,
mess
Linda can't stand mess.
,
disorder
The emergency room was in disorder.
,
confusion
The rebel leader seems to have escaped in the confusion.
, ,
tangle
I was thinking what a tangle we had got ourselves into.
,
muddle
My thoughts are all in a muddle.
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clutter
She preferred her work area to be free of clutter.
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disarray
He found the room in disarray.
,
untidiness
(noun) 
Definition
a group of animals produced at one birth
a litter of puppies
Synonyms
brood
The last brood of the pair was hatched.
,
family
His family are completely behind him, whatever he decides.
,
young
The hen may not be able to feed its young.
,
offspring
Characteristics are often passed from parents to offspring.
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progeny
They set aside funds to ensure the welfare of their progeny.
(noun) 
Definition
straw or hay used as bedding for animals
The birds scratch through leaf litter on the forest floor.
Synonyms
, ,
mulch
,
floor cover
,
straw-bed
(noun) 
Definition
(esp. formerly) a bed or seat held between parallel poles and used for carrying people
The Colonel winced as the porters jolted the litter.
Synonyms
stretcher
,
palanquin
(verb) 
Definition
to strew with litter
Glass from broken bottles litters the pavement.
Synonyms
clutter
I don't want to clutter the room up with too much junk.
,
mess up
,
clutter up
,
be scattered about
, , , ,
muss (US, Canadian)
(verb) 
Definition
to scatter or be scattered in an untidy fashion
Concrete holiday resorts are littered across the mountainside.
Synonyms
scatter
He began by scattering seed and putting in plants.
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spread
Someone has been spreading rumours about us.
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strew
By the end, bodies were strewn all around the headquarters building.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of confusion
Definition
disorder
The rebel leader seems to have escaped in the confusion.
in the sense of debris
Definition
fragments of something destroyed
Seven vehicles were damaged by flying debris.
Synonyms
bits,
pieces,
ruins,
fragments,
in the sense of derange

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