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

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 Here are some common reasons women find themselves with chattering teeth and frozen fingers more often than not. 1. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Cold?," 16 Oct. 2018 Instead of production numbers, look for dogged cops, chattering machine guns and bodies falling from heights. Mike Hale, New York Times, "The TV Binges of Summer, From Jack Ryan to ‘Better Call Saul’," 1 June 2018 The indefatigable Stephen Daldry directs this, too, and the ensemble of chattering, witty, thoughtful, campy friends (snaps to Michael Walters and Hubert Burton, reappearing as a conceptual artist) is faultless. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "What’s on at the Theater? A Comprehensive Guide to London’s Best Shows This Fall," 18 Oct. 2018 And the chattering classes are going to be chattering quite a bit because the President is going to be sitting down with Vladimir Putin. Fox News, "Watters' Words: A tale of two tours," 15 July 2018 My son blithely chattered away in his car-seat, conversing with his invisible friend, Tum-Tum the elephant. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Five Early Lessons in Parenting," 5 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Getty ImagesKarwai Tang There's been some chatter on the Internet that Princes Harry and William and their wives are feuding, or at least that there's tension between the two of them since Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, according to Vanity Fair. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Says Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby Is Coming at a "Special Time"," 29 Nov. 2018 There’s been a little chatter about Amazon coming into the ad game too, and taking a piece of that pie, and Google is also dependent on Amazon Web Services for a lot of things. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Columbia Law professor Tim Wu lays it out in his new book The Curse of Bigness.," 8 Nov. 2018 There is chatter on Capitol Hill that efforts to undermine Kavanaugh’s nomination could boomerang against the Democrats just before the election. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Kavanaugh is short of votes, but fate hinges on upcoming testimony," 25 Sep. 2018 When the Nobel Prizes roll around each year, inevitably there is chatter not just about who will win, but also about those in the past who should have won but didn't, particularly women scientists. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins $3 million prize for discovering pulsars," 6 Sep. 2018 With mesh router systems, Wi-Fi 6 can coordinate all the chatter that happens among the different wireless access points, making your connection faster. David Pierce, WSJ, "From Wi-Fi to Bluetooth to 5G, All Your Wireless Is About to Change," 27 Jan. 2019 Raucous laughter throughout the screening was followed by scintillating chatter afterward, as guests mingled over Champagne and fare inspired by the book. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Henry Golding Hosts a Secret Screening of Crazy Rich Asians," 24 July 2018 The tags were fitted with several instruments: pressure sensors to measure depth; magnetometers to record orientation with respect to Earth’s magnetic field; accelerometers to measure movement; and microphones to record chatter. The Economist, "When faced with a killer whale should you fight or flee?," 14 June 2018 The matter has kicked off chatter in the marathon community. Emily Stewart, Vox, "3 top finishers of the 2018 Boston Marathon won’t get prize money because they’re women," 2 May 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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