chatter

verb
chat·ter | \ˈcha-tər \
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 \-tə-rē \ 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

For 13 miles of Sunday’s stage, the pack of more than 170 cyclists will shake, rumble and chatter their way across the lumpy cobbles of northern France between Arras and Roubaix. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads," 13 July 2018 Another lay with his head in his father’s lap, chattering away. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Texas Border Patrol center where immigrant families are separated draws lawmakers, protest," 18 June 2018 All of you who are chattering inside my head, family, friends, advisers, naysayers, ancestors, thanks for everything, but please shut up now. Karen Stabiner, New York Times, "A Wedding Day Saga Ends With Words From the Heart," 27 June 2018 Forte took her hand and the two walked back to his car, Nala chattering enthusiastically about her morning at school. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "Matt Forte: ‘Football Is Not Nice, and It’s Not Meant To Be’," 1 June 2018 Trump chattered as Macron smiled, appearing unruffled by the act of...intimacy? Washington Post, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 Over the past few weeks, beginning in mid-April, the late-morning Muni streetcars have been filling up with small kids, chattering like birds, out of school for a day and heading downtown on field trips. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "No lovelier time in SF than May, when spring is in full bloom," 4 May 2018 Rows of workers are silently hunched over chattering sewing machines, others are ironing or stitching buttons. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 As the Warriors sauntered toward their locker room, Iguodala put Curry in a vicious one-arm headlock, pulled him head-to-head and chattered sincerely into his ear. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the end, Warriors’ Stephen Curry was a difference-maker," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Damsel is also a fitting place for chatter about Grande and Davidson’s wedding. refinery29.com, "Ariana Grande’s Former Co-Star Is Just As Excited About The Engagement As We Are," 16 June 2018 There was a solid reason for the uncertain chatter. Ali Vitali /, NBC News, "After a whirlwind week, an anxious White House braces for the next exit," 16 Mar. 2018 There's light chatter but most kids are silent, intently focused, faces lit by the glow of their screens. NBC News, "CyberPatriot trains kids to protect America from hackers," 29 June 2018 The topics of taxes and education are frequent chatter around the coffee pot at Wynne’s Feed & Seed on the northern edge of Newcastle. Washington Post, "Angry Republican teachers create split inside Oklahoma GOP," 21 June 2018 There's more chatter about Michael Porter Jr. than any other prospect. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NBA Draft: Pacers pick Aaron Holiday, Alize Johnson," 21 June 2018 There was chatter about a minor-league team named the Hartford Yard Goats. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ted Leitner's return to the booth soothes concerned Padres fans," 20 June 2018 Democratic opponents call for re-engagement, there’s been little chatter or push from the GOP to reconsider Paris. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "What Has Changed—and What Has Not—Since Paris Withdrawal Announcement," 1 June 2018 Over the years, there’s been much chatter about sulfates in shampoos and their supposedly harsh effects. Wendy Sy, Allure, "14 of the Best Sulfate-Shampoos on the Market," 22 Feb. 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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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 \
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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