Definition of chatter in English:

chatter

Syllabification: chat·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈCHatər
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Talk rapidly or incessantly about trivial matters: the kids chattered and splashed at the edge of the lagoon
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    • Many of them chattered rapidly and pointed at Bob.
    • She was perfectly happy to carry my half of the conversation for me as she chattered incessantly about things that were far too pointless to consider inane.
    • Juniors and seniors alike chattered incessantly and heatedly as they exited the hall a few weeks later.
  • 1.1(Of a bird, monkey, or machine) make a series of quick high-pitched sounds.
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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, typically from cold or fear.
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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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  • 1Incessant trivial talk: a stream of idle chatter
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    chat, talk, gossip, chitchat, jabbering, jabber, prattling, prattle, babbling, babble, tittle-tattle, blathering, blather
    informal yammering, yattering, yapping, jawing, chewing the fat
    formal confabulation, colloquy
  • 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 chatter
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    • 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 quick high-pitched sounds: the chatter of a typewriter
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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

derogatory Educated people, especially those in academic, artistic, or media circles.
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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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