Definition of chunter in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈtʃʌntə/


[no object] British informal
1Talk or grumble monotonously: she chuntered on about her problems
More example sentences
  • This, remember, is the figure who won the British Amateur at Troon last month, and who chuntered on about how pivotal his car had been in the victory, having provided him with a comfortable place to soak up his classical music.
  • McGrath just chunters away like the worst kind of hectoring mother-in-law.
  • As I left, she was chuntering away to the next customer about the crazy people she has to deal with during the day and how we make her life an absolute misery.
2 [with adverbial of direction] Move along slowly and noisily: the car came chuntering up the track
More example sentences
  • While most of the big cruise ships passed in the night, occasionally one would chunter past by day, its passengers looking down at us and we up at them.


Late 17th century: probably imitative.

Words that rhyme with chunter

Arunta, Bunter, Grantha, grunter, Gunter, hunter, junta, punter, shunter

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: chun|ter

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.