verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- chattel house,
- chattel mortgage,
- chatter mark,
- chattering class
Origin of chatter
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|Walter Olson|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps organizers will simply give up and settle for chatter.
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’|Tim Teeman|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|William O’Connor|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And as the outbreak deepens and advances across more borders (including the U.S.), chatter on Twitter has also spread swiftly.
There was any amount of chatter at these musters; but on the other hand one seldom seemed to find oneself much forrarder.Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918|Sir Stanley Maude
The woman, without stopping her chatter, huddled in the doorway, pointing to the dim corner opposite.Murder in Any Degree|Owen Johnson
She accompanied Miss Glover on her district visiting, but she disliked the poor, and their chatter seemed hopelessly inane.Mrs. Craddock|W. Somerset Maugham
He would carry it in his arms and hold it on his knee, listen to its chatter, just as he had done with her.A Little Girl in Old St. Louis|Amanda Minnie Douglas
She chafed under their chatter, and despised them for their shallow pretense.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Word Origin 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.).