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

There’s also been a great deal of chatter about their multi-day wedding, which was very publicly documented on the two celebrities’ Instagrams and featured references to a number of prominent brands, from Amazon to Elit Vodka. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "The controversy over Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s wedding, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 There's been a lot of chatter about no Lawrence this season. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Issa Rae Once Congratulated an Actress Who Lost an Emmy for Winning," 22 Aug. 2018 Results were still coming in early Wednesday Eastern time, but from federal races on down, there was plenty of chatter about Washington being stirred by a blue wave. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Tuesday's Primaries Lead to Historic Number of Women Nominees for Governor and Congress," 8 Aug. 2018 The unrelenting equatorial sun scorches from above, and an explosion of chatter from shops just beyond a grove of spindly trees briefly breaks her focus. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 But at this juncture, most of the chatter is swirling around Los Angeles. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "LeBron James tracker: Insight and analysis on all the latest free agency buzz," 28 June 2018 Lots of chatter during the Sunday Night Baseball telecast about Nick Pivetta’s curveball. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Nationals series shows why Phillies can't stand pat before trade deadline | Extra Innings," 25 June 2018 Service requests and recommendations constitute 30 percent of chatter, and discussions of real estate make up another 20 percent. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America," 20 June 2018 A few readers zeroed in on another dimension of workplace chatter: the audience. New York Times, "How to Separate Harmless Work Chatter From Gossip," 15 June 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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