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[chit-er] /ˈtʃɪt ər/
verb (used without object)
to twitter.
Origin of chitter
1350-1400; Middle English che(a)teren, chiteren, variant of chateren to chatter Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A chitter of sound came from his audience, so that it appeared that they were all of a strain.

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    Ford Madox Ford
  • He was conscious of the chitter of insects, but no animals lingered here.

    Star Born Andre Norton
  • It is to-day bitter cold, after weeks of lovely warm weather, and I am all in a chitter.

  • Their chitter, chitter, chitter never for a moment ceases or even diminishes in intensity.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • I confess I felt a touch of nausea, but nothing compared with the priest, whose teeth began to chitter in an ague of horror.

  • Uphill the chitter of a fluff-fur sounded twice—Tsoay was in position.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • You decide at last to cast off your ignorance and be of the elect—to know what chit means and if possible become a chitter.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • It stirred and began to chitter feebly, very sleepy and cross at being awakened.

    McTeague Frank Norris
British Dictionary definitions for chitter


verb (intransitive)
(mainly US) to twitter or chirp
a dialect word for shiver1 , chatter (sense 3)
Word Origin
C14: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for chitter

c.1200, imitative of birds. Related: Chittered; chittering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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