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chatter

verb chat·ter \ ˈcha-tər \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of chatter

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
3 a :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

chatterer

noun

chattery

play \-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of chatter in a Sentence

  1. Children chattered in the middle of the playground.

  2. My teeth were chattering from the cold.

  3. Birds chattered in the trees.

Recent Examples of chatter from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of chatter

Middle English chatteren, of imitative origin

chatter Synonyms


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chatter

noun

Definition of chatter

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

Examples of chatter in a Sentence

  1. heard the chatter of squirrels

  2. pleasant chatter over morning coffee

Recent Examples of chatter from the Web

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First Known Use of chatter

13th century



CHATTER Defined for English Language Learners

chatter

verb

Definition of chatter for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of chatter for English Language Learners

  • : casual talk that is usually not important or interesting

  • : a series of fast usually high-pitched sounds


CHATTER Defined for Kids

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chatter

verb chat·ter \ ˈcha-tər \

Definition of chatter for Students

chattered; chattering
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.

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chatter

noun

Definition of chatter for Students

1 :the act or sound of chattering
  • the chatter of squirrels
  • the chatter of teeth
2 :quick or unimportant talk


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