Meaning of “litter” in the English Dictionary

"litter" in British English

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litternoun

uk /ˈlɪt.ər/ us /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ/

litterverb

uk /ˈlɪt.ər/ us /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ/

[ T ] to spread across an area or place untidily:

The park was littered with bottles and cans after the concert.
Dirty clothes littered the floor of her bedroom.
be littered with sth

A place, document, or other object that is littered with something has or contains a lot of that thing:

The newspaper has a reputation for being littered with spelling mistakes.

[ I ] to drop rubbish on the ground in a public place:

People who litter often have no pride in the area.

(Definition of “litter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"litter" in American English

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litternoun

us /ˈlɪt̬·ər/

litter noun (WASTE)

[ U ] pieces of paper and other small objects that have been thrown out and are left on the ground in public places

litter noun (YOUNG ANIMALS)

[ C ] a group of animals born at the same time and having the same mother

litterverb [ T ]

us /ˈlɪt̬·ər/

litter verb [ T ] (THROW WASTE)

to throw pieces of paper and other small objects on the ground in public places:

The park was littered with bottles and soda cans after the concert.

(Definition of “litter” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)