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

That is until Jaden Tommins (Snowfall’s Damson Idris), glides into Chris’ car in a nice suit, carrying nice luggage and chattering about his first-class flight. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Black Mirror Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: "Smithereens"," 31 May 2019 At night, big, chattering black birds called zanates settle into a single tree in the city’s central park, and the gringos and Guatemalans gather to dance salsa clumsily. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the two of us ignored the chatter, made our lifelong promises to each other, and floated off into marital bliss. New York Times, "After Countless Proposals, She Finally Said Yes. Again.," 31 Aug. 2019 And the disruptive behavior went far beyond the chatters, the fragrant passengers and the ones having hissy fits. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "The worst-behaved people on a plane? Hint: It's not babies," 30 Aug. 2019 Public relations As chaotic scenes unfolded at the airport Tuesday night, LIHKG, the Cantonese-language hub for protesters’ chatter, erupted with concern in real-time. Washington Post, "‘Without heroes or martyrs’: Hong Kong’s protest movement faces its defining moment," 16 Aug. 2019 Guests come to enjoy the dance and crackle of the working fireplace, the anonymity offered by the low buzz of chatter, and to revel in small-production vintage wines by the glass. The Plum Guide, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eat Chic: 13 Cozy Wine Bars in NYC to Visit ASAP," 12 Aug. 2019 Kuhl and her researchers then ran a second set of experiments, this time with the same researcher doing the same songs and activities and chatter, but on a TV. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "Science says children need a village, not an app," 9 Aug. 2019 People chatter about this kind of stuff in online forums. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "J. Ryan Stradal’s Minnesota roots run deep, as do those of his new novel, ‘The Lager Queen of Minnesota’," 21 July 2019 So much chatter, beating, drumming, buzzing buzzing buzzing. David Canfield, EW.com, "Ready for more Slayer? Get a first look at Kiersten White's next Buffy-based novel," 17 July 2019 Sights and sound of the day the first man landed on the moon, including the chatter of flight controllers, will fill the space. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Apollo Mission Control Center restored to its former glory," 28 June 2019

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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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