nat·​ter | \ ˈna-tər How to pronounce natter (audio) \
nattered; nattering; natters

Definition of natter

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Definition of natter (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British
: idle talk or conversation : chat

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Examples of natter in a Sentence

Verb If you ask about his grandchildren, he'll natter on about them for hours. She nattered about herself through our entire meal. Noun a section of the park in which nannies like to gather for a relaxed natter
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The finale crystallized the show’s acidic insights about how and why people natter. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "One More Thought on Succession’s Ridiculous Banter," 15 Oct. 2019 All those nattering nabobs of negativism in the press were certainly guaranteed to give this speech the back of the hand, right? Jamie Dupree,, "After a rough and tumble 2017, Trump calls for bipartisanship, unity in 2018," 31 Jan. 2018 The Jerry Springer Show nattered away on a television in the corner; Gisell tried to focus on the screen. Anndee Hochman,, "The Parent Trip: Gisell and Tim Cornish of Gloucester City," 19 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead, Trump natters about video games and mental health — neither of which Congress will do anything about, either. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: Trump grotesquely made his visits to Dayton and El Paso all about him," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of natter


1942, in the meaning defined above


1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for natter


probably imitative

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The first known use of natter was in 1942

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“Natter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of natter

chiefly British : to talk about unimportant things for a long time

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