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chunter

[chuhn-ter] /ˈtʃʌn tər/
verb (used without object), British Informal.
1.
to grumble or grouse mildly or tediously.
Origin of chunter
1590-1600
1590-1600; orig. dial. (Midlands, N England) chunter, chunder, chunner; compare Scots channer in same sense; expressive word of obscure origin
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  • Since she had another seat and was quite comfortable, we smiled and let her chunter.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for chunter

chunter

/ˈtʃʌntə/
verb
1.
(Brit, informal) (intransitive) often foll by on. to mutter or grumble incessantly in a meaningless fashion
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin
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