chitter

verb
chit·​ter | \ ˈchi-tər How to pronounce chitter (audio) \
chittered; chittering; chitters

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Examples of chitter in a Sentence

the chittering birds outside were driving the cat crazy the cell phone chittered in his pocket
Recent Examples on the Web The cave’s ceiling was thick with them—many thousands, agitated and chittering at the presence of human intruders, shifting position, some dropping free to fly and then settling again. David Quammen, Popular Science, "Where will the next pandemic come from?," 15 Oct. 2012 In season one, the Demogorgon used to punch through walls and tree portals, but now members of the Mind Flayer’s evil army are just chittering and squelching around town. Time, "Let's Discuss the 10 Big Questions We Have After Binging Stranger Things Season 3," 4 July 2019 Even the scare scenes — the ones where evil monsters track down basement stairs, make chittering growly noises, and crash into things — have this faint, but distracting score. Simon Abrams, The Hollywood Reporter, "Did 'A Quiet Place' Take Enough Risks?," 16 Apr. 2018 The pumps chitter away, sucking air from the barrel. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "Better Nuclear Power Through Ping Pong," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of chitter

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chitter

Middle English chiteren, probably of imitative origin

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“Chitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chitter. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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