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

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 Having punctured the small air cell inside the egg’s membrane with their budding beak, the proto-owlets inflate their lungs and start chittering. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 10 Aug. 2023 Last month, a crowd gathered at the range to listen for the song of the Florida grasshopper sparrow—a faint chittering noise that evokes an insect’s buzz, giving the bird its name. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 17 July 2023 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, 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, 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, 16 Apr. 2018 The pumps chitter away, sucking air from the barrel. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History


Middle English chiteren, probably of imitative origin

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chitter was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Chitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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