Before she finished I began to paint, and she resumed the pose, smiling and chattering like a sparrow.
Over the past year the chattering classes started to snap at Navalny.
I stood and left them chattering about the virtues of breastfeeding as I headed out to my car.
Trying to guess the outlines of Plan B has become something of a dinner-table pastime for the Lebanese chattering classes.
But just because the chattering class believes it doesn't mean it won't be.
By force of chattering in this way they roused themselves into a state of excitement.
Why should we not rise up and chase from the hall this chattering crow?
No sound except the hissing, sneering, chattering whisper of the deluge.
Her teeth were chattering, and her whole frame trembled convulsively.
But I know my man so well, that I scarcely count more on his oath than upon the chattering of a magpie.
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.).