Verb chatter Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(intransitive) To talk idly. (intransitive) Of teeth, machinery, etc, to make a noise by rapid collisions. To utter sounds which somewhat resemble language, but are inarticulate and indistinct.

More definition: talk rapidly in a foolish or purposeless way; jabber. utter a succession of quick, inarticulate, speechlike sounds, as monkeys or certain birds. make a rapid clicking noise by striking together, His teeth were chattering from the cold.

4.Machinery. (of a cutting tool or piece of metal) to vibrate during cutting so as to produce surface flaws on the work. utter rapidly or purposelessly. cause to chatter, as the teeth from cold.

7.purposeless or foolish talk.

8.a series of waves or ridges on the surface of a piece of metal that has been imperfectly drawn or extruded.

9.the act or sound of chattering., phone, radio, or other electronic communication among people, often involving a harmful political activity such as espionage or terrorism, Officials were able to intercept and identify a high level of terrorist chatter in the weeks before the bombing attempt.

1. to speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly; prattle

2. (intransitive) (of birds, monkeys, etc) to make rapid repetitive high-pitched noises resembling human speech

3. (intransitive) (of the teeth) to click together rapidly through cold or fear

4. (intransitive) to make rapid intermittent contact with a component, as in machining, causing irregular cutting noun

5. idle or foolish talk; gossip

6. the high-pitched repetitive noise made by a bird, monkey, etc

7. the rattling of objects, such as parts of a machine

8. Also called chatter mark. the undulating pattern of marks in a machined surface from the vibration of the tool or workpiece Derived Formschattery, adjective Word OriginC13, of imitative originCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 13c., chateren "to twitter, gossip," earlier cheateren, chiteren, of echoic origin. Cf. Dutch koeteren "jabber," Danish kvidre "twitter, chirp." Related, Chattered; chattering. Phrase chattering class in use by 1893, with a reference perhaps from 1843,Such was the most interesting side of the fatal event to that idle chattering class of London life to whom the collision of heaven and earth were important only as affording matter for "news!" [Catherine Grace F. Gore ("Mrs. Gore"), "The Banker's Wife," 1843]
mid-13c., originally of birds, from chatter (v.).


While the rush of air in the topless Jeep hindered communication, they usually managed to chatter away in spite of the noise.

Dean picked up Gladys's chatter in mid-conversation.

The Deans joined the ice climbers and others in the living room for afternoon snacks and chatter just as Edith Shipton descended the stairs.

More bikers crowded the small luncheonette, amid happy carefree chatter, all but Cynthia Byrne who sat alone at a table near the back.

Disturbed, she ignored the chatter between Ashley and Xander as they drove back to his place.

Then follows the creation, when the creators said " Earth," and the earth was formed like a cloud or a fog, and the mountains appeared like lobsters from the water, cypress and pine covered the hills and valleys, and their forests were peopled with beasts and birds, but these could not speak the name of their creators, but could only chatter and croak.

Prince Andrew had gone out into the hall, and, turning his shoulders to the footman who was helping him on with his cloak, listened indifferently to his wife's chatter with Prince Hippolyte who had also come into the hall.

Soldiers scattered over the whole place were dragging logs and brushwood and were building shelters with merry chatter and laughter; around the fires sat others, dressed and undressed, drying their shirts and leg bands or mending boots or overcoats and crowding round the boilers and porridge cookers.

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