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 \ ˈcha-​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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trump has seemed to welcome chatter of a Nobel Peace Prize, but that had yielded in recent weeks to the sobering prospect of ensuring a successful outcome with the Kim. Time, "'Everybody Plays Games.' Now Trump Is Saying His Summit With North Korea Could Happen," 25 May 2018 Trump has seemed to welcome chatter of a Nobel Peace Prize, but that has yielded in recent weeks to the sobering prospect of ensuring a successful outcome with the Kim. Catherine Lucey And Zeke Miller, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump cancels summit with North Korea over perceived threats," 24 May 2018 Jack Frost has officially arrived in much of the country, bringing with him the type of cold that chills bones, chatters teeth, and saps moisture from otherwise well-tended skin. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 10 Best Moisturizers to Save Dry Winter Skin," 15 Jan. 2019 Pressley hoped that chatter would die down in 2013, when Michelle Wu was elected to serve on the council. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Congress?," 10 Oct. 2018 And in a voice-over-IP chatroom within the server, users keep up a steady chatter about the same subjects. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google has a big advantage over Facebook in a crisis," 10 Oct. 2018 The missing piece in the furious behind-the-scenes chatter over Pelosi’s future is an obvious successor. Fox News, "Defiant Pelosi says she's staying: 'I can take the heat'," 24 Aug. 2018 Lately chatter has connected UniCredit and Société Générale. The Economist, "Why the euro zone hasn’t seen more cross-border bank mergers," 12 July 2018 No bathroom, no buying hot dogs, no idle chatter in a concourse. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Scouting amateur baseball players is like reading Faulkner blindfolded," 5 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 \
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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