chatter

verb
chat·​ter | \ ˈcha-tər How to pronounce chatter (audio) \
chattered; chattering; chatters

Definition of chatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to utter rapid short sounds suggestive of language but inarticulate and indistinct squirrels chattered angrily
2 : to talk idly, incessantly, or fast
3a : 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

transitive verb

: to utter rapidly, idly, or indistinctly

chatter

noun

Definition of chatter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action or sound of chattering
2 : idle talk : prattle
3 : electronic and especially radio communication between individuals engaged in a common or related form of activity also : such chatter regarding future hostile activities
4 : a person who participates in online chat Excite, Inc. … reports that users log a total of 7.5 to 8 million chat minutes on an average day. Half of online chatters are aged 18 to 34, and 15 percent are under age 17.— Rebecca Piirto Heath

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Other Words from chatter

Verb

chatterer noun
chattery \ ˈcha-​tə-​rē How to pronounce chattery (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chatter in a Sentence

Verb

Children chattered in the middle of the playground. My teeth were chattering from the cold. Birds chattered in the trees.

Noun

heard the chatter of squirrels pleasant chatter over morning coffee
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Happy Days Dianne Wiest is riveting as a woman who chatters away while buried up to her waist in a dirt mound in Samuel Beckett’s 1961 classic of absurdist theater. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "SoCal theater listings, June 30-July 7: ‘American Saga — Gunshot Medley: Part 1’ and more," 28 June 2019 In 2011, Allen became curious about how many squirrels were chattering in the trees around him, but could find no good answer to his question. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Volunteers Counted All the Squirrels in Central Park," 24 June 2019 The best part of my day is listening to my mother and my son chattering back and forth, a sort of baby–old lady call-and-response. Deborah E. Kennedy, Good Housekeeping, "My Mom Has Dementia, But Her Relationship With My Son Is Unforgettable," 3 May 2019 Not long after its start, social media began chattering that some buyers were having trouble buying. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Refund Madness! Tiger & Phil’s Vegas Bogey," 25 Nov. 2018 Luna, in a very fetch Moana tunic/pj set/dress, chattered along and pointed at her dad excitedly. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen and Daughter Luna Dance Adorably to John Legend Singing Live," 17 Apr. 2019 But there’s something infinitely comforting about walking into a kebab shop and hearing the men behind the counter chattering away in Turkish. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter To The Döner Kebab," 1 Oct. 2018 The 21-year-old singer pulls up to a tiny Mexican spot in Ridgewood, Queens—the kind with plastic flowers on the tables and Spanish soap operas chattering on the TV—in a bombshell look. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Get to Know Dounia Tazi, a Fashion Nova–Loving Modern Day Bombshell," 12 Nov. 2018 Predinner champagne was glamorously served as theater chat and glamour was emitted, with a diverse crowd of swans, stars, and directors chattering in anticipation, including Fiona Shaw and Garfield. Vogue, "Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Sophie Okonedo, Ralph Fiennes, and the Cast of Hamilton Fete the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards," 19 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Scientists flying across the surface of the Moon in search of an alien artifact chatter about sandwiches. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "2001 in 70mm: Pod bay doors look better than ever, still won’t open," 21 July 2018 Of course, much of the trade chatter assumes that the Diamondbacks will fall out of contention for the playoffs and start trading players before the 2019 MLB trade deadline. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Adam Jones trade rumors: Diamondbacks outfielder linked to Phillies in MLB trade rumors," 11 June 2019 There’s a comforting artifice of looseness to the chatter, a surfeit of personality without ever getting too personal. Lauren Mechling, Vogue, "Confessions of a Pod Person," 27 May 2019 The Yankees trade chatter for Greinke has been around for a while, but faces some potential obstacles. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Zack Greinke trade rumors: Arizona Diamondbacks ace 'makes sense' for St. Louis Cardinals," 10 June 2019 While Memphis kept Conley after a frenzy of speculation about his future before the trade deadline, that chatter is about to start again. Clay Bailey, The Seattle Times, "Grizzlies fire coach J.B. Bickerstaff, reassign GM to scout," 12 Apr. 2019 The chatter is so incessant, in fact, that TLC released a full documentary last month outlining Markle and Middleton's relationship. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Royal Expert Told Us the Real Story Behind Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's 'Feud'," 29 Mar. 2019 The chatter on the floor among journalists was often more about these oddities, than the vehicles themselves. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Detroit Auto Show Highlights Big SUVs, High-Performance Vehicles," 15 Jan. 2019 Ocasio-Cortez is good at responding to chatter about her clothing and financial situation. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t rich. There’s no reason to talk about it.," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of chatter

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chatter

Verb

Middle English chatteren, of imitative origin

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The first known use of chatter was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for chatter

chatter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to talk in a quick or casual way
: to make clicking sounds by knocking together rapidly
: to make fast and usually high-pitched sounds

chatter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chatter (Entry 2 of 2)

: casual talk that is usually not important or interesting
: a series of fast usually high-pitched sounds

chatter

verb
chat·​ter | \ ˈcha-tər How to pronounce chatter (audio) \
chattered; chattering

Kids Definition of chatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to talk fast without thinking or without stopping My brothers chattered during the entire trip.
2 : to make quick sounds that suggest speech but lack meaning Monkeys chattered in the trees.
3 : to make clicking sounds by hitting together again and again My teeth are chattering from the cold.

chatter

noun

Kids Definition of chatter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or sound of chattering the chatter of squirrels the chatter of teeth
2 : quick or unimportant talk

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