chatters, chattering, chattered
1) VERB If you chatter, you talk quickly and continuously, usually about things which are not important.

[V adv/prep] Everyone's chattering away in different languages...

[V about n] Erica was friendly and chattered about Andrew's children...

[V-ing] He listened to chattering maids as they passed by. [Also V]

Chatter is also a noun.

...idle chatter... Lila kept up a steady stream of chatter.

2) VERB If your teeth chatter, they keep knocking together because you are very cold or very nervous.

She was so cold her teeth chattered.

3) VERB If objects chatter, they make short repeated sounds.

The telex chattered all day and night with news bulletins.

N-UNCOUNT: usu the N of n
Chatter is also a noun.

...the mountains where the chatter of the chairlift cable over the pulley wheel is the loudest noise.

4) VERB When birds or animals chatter, they make high-pitched noises. [LITERARY]

Birds were chattering somewhere, and occasionally he could hear a vehicle pass by.

N-UNCOUNT: usu the N of n
Chatter is also a noun.

...almond trees vibrating with the chatter of crickets.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Chatter — Chat ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Chattered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chattering}.] [Of imitative origin. Cf. {Chat}, v. i. {Chitter}.] 1. To utter sounds which somewhat resemble language, but are inarticulate and indistinct. [1913 Webster] The jaw makes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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