- to talk rapidly in a foolish or purposeless way; jabber.
- to utter a succession of quick, inarticulate, speechlike sounds, as monkeys or certain birds.
- to make a rapid clicking noise by striking together: His teeth were chattering from the cold.
- Machinery. (of a cutting tool or piece of metal) to vibrate during cutting so as to produce surface flaws on the work.
- to utter rapidly or purposelessly.
- to cause to chatter, as the teeth from cold.
- purposeless or foolish talk.
- a series of waves or ridges on the surface of a piece of metal that has been imperfectly drawn or extruded.
- the act or sound of chattering.
- online, 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.
Origin of chatter
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Examples from the Web for chatter
Indeed, the chatter for the past year on the anti-gay fringe has been of resistance.The Right Wing Screams for the Wambulance Over Gay Marriage Ruling
October 13, 2014
Perhaps organizers will simply give up and settle for chatter.The Real Housewives of Miss America
September 21, 2014
This constant Internet chatter allows people to not take responsibility for themselves.Into the Grindr of the Gay Dating Game: Sex, Death, and Aging in ‘Stealing Sam’
September 18, 2014
The discussion of reparations for descendants of slaves saw some chatter this year after a piece in The Atlantic.Sherman Alexie on His New Film, the Redskins, and Why It's OK to Laugh at His Work
August 22, 2014
And as the outbreak deepens and advances across more borders (including the U.S.), chatter on Twitter has also spread swiftly.Ebola Tweets Are Missing the Target
August 3, 2014
How could I chatter nothings when Ned was by my side, smiling down at me so confusedly?The Bacillus of Beauty
The Nubian, taken completely by surprise, began to chatter with fright.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
"Let me whisper in your ear," said Miss Desmond, loud above the chatter of the weir.The Incomplete Amorist
Pierre had been listening somewhat inquisitively to all this chatter.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The Abbe Brigaut, too, it is said, begins to chatter about it.The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete
Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
- to speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly; prattle
- (intr) (of birds, monkeys, etc) to make rapid repetitive high-pitched noises resembling human speech
- (intr) (of the teeth) to click together rapidly through cold or fear
- (intr) to make rapid intermittent contact with a component, as in machining, causing irregular cutting
- idle or foolish talk; gossip
- the high-pitched repetitive noise made by a bird, monkey, etc
- the rattling of objects, such as parts of a machine
- Also called: chatter mark the undulating pattern of marks in a machined surface from the vibration of the tool or workpiece
Word Origin and History for chatter
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.).