chun·​ter | \ ˈchən-tər How to pronounce chunter (audio) \
chuntered; chuntering; chunters

Definition of chunter

intransitive verb

: to talk in a low inarticulate way : mutter

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Examples of chunter in a Sentence

in Hyde Park a clearly disturbed man was chuntering about something
Recent Examples on the Web In response to a time violation at the end of the second set, Kyrgios chuntered before imitating Rafa's ticks -- a swipe of the hair on either side followed by a pick at the seat of his shorts. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Nick Kyrgios and Gilles Simon mock Rafael Nadal routine at Australian Open," 23 Jan. 2020 Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip is superb—in voice, mannerisms and plausibility, chuntering about being served venison twice in a week and rolling his eyes at the melodramas of Princess Margaret... Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "Who is The Crown's Tobias Menzies? Here's Where You May Have Seen The Actor Before.," 18 Nov. 2019 Pedal power had been supplanted by chuntering motorbikes and, ever more, the polished chrome of Audis and SUVs. Time, "The Trouble with Sharing: China's Bike Fever Has Reached Saturation Point," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chunter

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chunter

probably of imitative origin

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The first known use of chunter was in 1599

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“Chunter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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