Definition of chatter in English:

chatter

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃatə
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Talk informally about unimportant matters: she was chattering about her holiday
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    • There were a couple of students outside, playing a quick game, or chattering before school started, and she couched down, and watched them.
    • The door into the lobby opened again, the sound of voices chattering excitedly.
    • Water falls were alive with the crashing of water on rock, rivers trickled, birds sang, people chattered, lava boiled and fires crackled.
  • 1.1(Of a bird, monkey, or machine) make a series of short, quick high-pitched sounds: parrots chattered in the sunlight
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    • Around her, birds chattered happily to each other, and the early morning sounds of traffic could be faintly heard in the distance.
    • The monkey chattered fearfully and quickly jumped back into the midst of the tree leaves.
    • In the marshland may the fish and birds chatter.
  • 1.2(Of a person’s teeth) click repeatedly together from cold or fear: his teeth were chattering
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    • Her teeth chattered together and her face was pale from the cold.
    • His teeth chattered together so violently that he feared they would break.
    • In summer, we went swimming in the Barrow every day, and swam until we were blue with the cold, our teeth chattering as we practised for competitions.

noun

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  • 2A series of short, quick high-pitched sounds: the starlings' constant chatter
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    • This shape is musical: along with typing in a nickname of her choice, each chatter is attributed a sound.
    • I awoke in the real dead of night to the sounds of muffled chatter and hurried movements both in front and behind.
    • The silence (other than the constant chatter of the television) is deadly.
  • 2.1Undesirable vibration in a mechanism: the wipers should operate without chatter
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    • The direct-drive AC spindle eliminates the use of gears or belts to drive the spindle and reduces vibration and chatter.

Phrases

the chattering classes

British derogatory Intellectual or artistic people considered as a social group given to the expression of liberal opinions: the politically correct voice of the chattering classes
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  • The west Midlands campaign, limited so far to the Birmingham elite and chattering classes, has been partly fuelled by a sense that north Wales is doing well out of devolution.
  • But maybe class is not an issue for them because they are both now so firmly part of that powerful caste, the chattering classes.
  • This preoccupation with what the neighbours think is a classic example of the middle class morality that the chattering classes claim to despise.

Derivatives

chattery

adjective
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  • My nose is going to be red and sniffly and my eyes are going to be watery and my teeth are going to be chattery and I won't be numb at all.
  • It amazes me every time I come to stay here how loud and chattery the birds are.
  • Besides, he looked kind of odd in a room full of chattery people.

Origin

Middle English: imitative.

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