Definition of Chatter

1. Noun. Noisy talk.

Exact synonyms: Cackle, Yack, Yak, Yakety-yak
Generic synonyms: Talk, Talking
Specialized synonyms: Blether, Chin Music, Idle Talk, Prate, Prattle
Derivative terms: Cackle, Yack

2. Verb. Click repeatedly or uncontrollably. "Chattering teeth"
Exact synonyms: Click
Generic synonyms: Go, Sound

3. Noun. The rapid series of noises made by the parts of a machine.
Exact synonyms: Chattering
Generic synonyms: Noise

4. Verb. Cut unevenly with a chattering tool.
Generic synonyms: Cut
Derivative terms: Chattering

5. Noun. The high-pitched continuing noise made by animals (birds or monkeys).
Exact synonyms: Chattering
Generic synonyms: Noise

6. Verb. Talk socially without exchanging too much information. "Sam cannot chatter Sue "; "The men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"

7. Verb. Speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly. "Sam and Sue chatter"

8. Verb. Make noise as if chattering away. "The woods chatter with many kinds of birds "; "The magpies were chattering in the trees"
Generic synonyms: Mouth, Speak, Talk, Utter, Verbalise, Verbalize
Derivative terms: Chatterer, Chattering

Definition of Chatter

1. v. i. To utter sounds which somewhat resemble language, but are inarticulate and indistinct.

2. v. t. To utter rapidly, idly, or indistinctly.

3. n. Sounds like those of a magpie or monkey; idle talk; rapid, thoughtless talk; jabber; prattle.

Definition of Chatter

1. Noun. talk, especially meaningless or unimportant talk ¹

2. Noun. the sound of talking ¹

3. Noun. the sound made by a magpie ¹

4. Noun. an intermittent noise, as from vibration ¹

5. Noun. in national security, the degree of communication between suspect groups and individuals, used to gauge the degree of expected terrorist activity. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To talk idly. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) Of teeth, machinery, etc, to make a chattering noise. ¹

8. Noun. one who chats ¹

9. Noun. (Internet) a user of chat rooms ¹

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Definition of Chatter

1. to talk rapidly and trivially [v -ED, -ING, -S] : CHATTERY [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Chatter

chatted up
chattel house
chattel mortgage
chattel paper
chattel papers
chatter (current term)
chatter mark

Literary usage of Chatter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Synonyms Discriminated: A Complete Catalogue of Synonymous Words in the by Charles John Smith (1871)
"chatter and CHAT are the French enquêter. It is the love of talk for the sake of hearing ... The chatter comes from over-activity of mind in little matters. ..."

2. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"spec, distress (singl); see GOODS. chatter, n. I. babble (rare), jargon, jangle, patter (colloq. ... ÏS" See Notes of Explanation. chatter ..."

3. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1891)
"chatter Box, one whose tongue runs twelve score to the dozen ; a chattering man ... [A vague reference to the mouth as the place of ' chat ' or ' chatter. ..."

4. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes by Robert Burton (1836)
"... the miles short, the way pleasant, all weather is good whilst he goes to her house, heat or cold, though his teeth chatter in his head, he moves not, ..."

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