- 1Talk informally about unimportant matters: she was chattering about her holidayMore example sentences
- 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 sunlightMore example sentences
- 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 chatteringMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Informal talk: he was full of inconsequential but amusing chatterMore example sentences
chat, talk, gossip, chit-chat, chitter-chatter, patter, jabbering, jabber, prattling, prattle, babbling, babble, tittle-tattle, tattle, blathering, blather, blethering, blether, rambling, gibbering; conversation, dialogue, discourse• informal gab, gabber, yak, yackety-yak, yabbering, yammering, yattering, yapping, jawing, chewing the fat, chewing the rag, confab• formal confabulation• rare colloquy
- She'd kept up an almost incessant stream of chatter and commentary during the whole of the train ride from London, and then in the taxi to the dock.
- A similar need to divert the audience at every instant seems to motivate the film's incessant stream of chatter.
- No matter what he did, he couldn't block the incessant chatter.
- 1.1Electronic or radio communication, especially between individuals being monitored by a government agency as a result of suspected involvement in terrorist activity or espionage: officials refused to comment on a news report that the patrols were resumed due to increased Internet chatterMore example sentences
- Intelligence officials are now trying to determine who is the next target, and are sifting through chatter in search of a genuine threat.
- We have no imminent threat. We have a lot of chatter out there, but no imminent threat of a biological or chemical attack.
- At a maritime industry meeting in Southern California, the FBI warned of increased terrorist chatter.
- 2A series of short, quick high-pitched sounds: the starlings' constant chatterMore example sentences
- 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 chatterMore example sentences
- The direct-drive AC spindle eliminates the use of gears or belts to drive the spindle and reduces vibration and chatter.
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 classesMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
Middle English: imitative.