Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

natter

[nat-er]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
verb (used without object)
  1. to talk incessantly; chatter.
noun
  1. a conversation; chat.

Origin of natter

First recorded in 1820–30; variant of earlier gnatter < ?
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for natter

Historical Examples

  • It is not worth the while to natter The pride of writers we despise.

    Literary Fables of Yriarte

    Tomas de Iriarte

  • She means it, I believe; but she does natter him so that it would make me sick, if it didn't make me so wretched!

    Magnum Bonum

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Though you are indeed the fairest of women, those men only natter you; they do not love you.


British Dictionary definitions for natter

natter

verb
  1. (intr) to talk idly and at length; chatter or gossip
noun
  1. prolonged idle chatter or gossip
Derived Formsnatterer, noun

Word Origin

C19: changed from gnatter to grumble, of imitative origin; compare Low German gnatteren
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for natter

v.

"grumble, chatter aimlessly, nag," 1829, northern England dialect variant of gnatter "to chatter, grumble," earlier (18c.) "to nibble away," probably of echoic origin. Related: Nattered; nattering. As a noun, 1866, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper