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


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chiefly British
: idle talk or conversation : chat

Example Sentences

Verb If you ask about his grandchildren, he'll natter on about them for hours. She nattered about herself all evening. Noun a section of the park in which nannies like to gather for a relaxed natter
Recent Examples on the Web
The finale crystallized the show’s acidic insights about how and why people natter. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 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,, 31 Jan. 2018 The Jerry Springer Show nattered away on a television in the corner; Gisell tried to focus on the screen. Anndee Hochman,, 19 Jan. 2018
Ask me for something to watch — and listen to me natter on for much too long, leaping from one title to another. Matthew Gilbert,, 4 July 2022 Francis and the driver natter away in unsubtitled Romanian, of which Julie does not understand a word. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 21 Jan. 2022 Instead, Trump natters about video games and mental health — neither of which Congress will do anything about, either. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, 11 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History



probably imitative

First Known Use


1942, in the meaning defined above


1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of natter was in 1942

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Cite this Entry

“Natter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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