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

intransitive verb

: to talk in a low inarticulate way : mutter

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, 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, 18 Nov. 2019 Pedal power had been supplanted by chuntering motorbikes and, ever more, the polished chrome of Audis and SUVs. Time, 2 Apr. 2018

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Word History


probably of imitative origin

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chunter was in 1599

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Cite this Entry

“Chunter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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