Definition of chitter-chatter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪtətʃatə/


[mass noun]
Informal and inconsequential conversation: there was chitter-chatter in the lobby as Mabel entered the movie theatre
More example sentences
  • Even after the tremors shook the earth and people were gathering outside I ignored the noise of chitter-chatter.
  • I actually haven't heard from them, directly, but I know there's a lot of Internet chitter-chatter going on.
  • There was no chitter-chatter; they were focused.


[no object]
Talk about trivial matters: people are chitter-chattering and laughter flows freely
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  • They just chitter-chattered about lots of things.
  • As I had expected, Judy chitter-chattered about this and that.
  • While she chitter-chatters away like a house sparrow nesting in the eaves I remain shielded by an expanse of newspaper.


Early 18th century: reduplication of chatter; compare with chit-chat.

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