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chatter

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verb chat·ter \ˈcha-tər\

Simple Definition of chatter

  • : to talk in a quick or casual way

  • : to make clicking sounds by knocking together rapidly

  • : to make fast and usually high-pitched sounds

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chatter

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to utter rapid short sounds suggestive of language but inarticulate and indistinct <squirrels chattered angrily>

  3. 2 :  to talk idly, incessantly, or fast

  4. 3 a :  to click repeatedly or uncontrollably <teeth chattering with cold> b :  to vibrate rapidly in cutting <a chattering tool> c :  to vibrate especially audibly as a consequence of repeated sticking and slipping <chattering brakes>

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to utter rapidly, idly, or indistinctly

chatterer

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chattery

play \-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of chatter in a sentence

  1. Children chattered in the middle of the playground.

  2. My teeth were chattering from the cold.

  3. Birds chattered in the trees.



Origin and Etymology of chatter

Middle English chatteren, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 13th century


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chatter

noun chat·ter

Simple Definition of chatter

  • : casual talk that is usually not important or interesting

  • : a series of fast usually high-pitched sounds

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chatter

  1. 1 :  the action or sound of chattering

  2. 2 :  idle talk :  prattle

  3. 3 :  electronic and especially radio communication between individuals engaged in a common or related form of activity; also :  such chatter regarding future hostile activities

Examples of chatter in a sentence

  1. heard the chatter of squirrels

  2. <pleasant chatter over morning coffee>



13th Century

First Known Use of chatter

13th century



CHATTER Defined for Kids

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chatter

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verb chat·ter \ˈcha-tər\

Definition of chatter for Students

chattered

chattering

  1. 1 :  to talk fast without thinking or without stopping <My brothers chattered during the entire trip.>

  2. 2 :  to make quick sounds that suggest speech but lack meaning <Monkeys chattered in the trees.>

  3. 3 :  to make clicking sounds by hitting together again and again <My teeth are chattering from the cold.>




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chatter

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noun chat·ter

Definition of chatter for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or sound of chattering <the chatter of squirrels> <the chatter of teeth>

  2. 2 :  quick or unimportant talk





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