- to talk rapidly in a foolish or purposeless way; jabber.
- to utter a succession of quick, inarticulate, speechlike sounds, as monkeys or certain birds.
- to make a rapid clicking noise by striking together: His teeth were chattering from the cold.
- Machinery. (of a cutting tool or piece of metal) to vibrate during cutting so as to produce surface flaws on the work.
- to utter rapidly or purposelessly.
- to cause to chatter, as the teeth from cold.
- purposeless or foolish talk.
- a series of waves or ridges on the surface of a piece of metal that has been imperfectly drawn or extruded.
- the act or sound of chattering.
- online, phone, radio, or other electronic communication among people, often involving a harmful political activity such as espionage or terrorism: Officials were able to intercept and identify a high level of terrorist chatter in the weeks before the bombing attempt.
Origin of chatter
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Examples from the Web for chattered
"But it's sure to be him," chattered Simms, his teeth as crazy as his grammar.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I answered and chattered, and was wild with pride and excitement.My Double Life
He chattered about inconsequential matters all through dinner.Weak on Square Roots
In small groups they chattered gaily, laughing and glancing here and there.L'Assommoir
They whispered and chattered all night about their new dresses.Five Mice in a Mouse-trap
Laura E. Richards
- to speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly; prattle
- (intr) (of birds, monkeys, etc) to make rapid repetitive high-pitched noises resembling human speech
- (intr) (of the teeth) to click together rapidly through cold or fear
- (intr) to make rapid intermittent contact with a component, as in machining, causing irregular cutting
- idle or foolish talk; gossip
- the high-pitched repetitive noise made by a bird, monkey, etc
- the rattling of objects, such as parts of a machine
- Also called: chatter mark the undulating pattern of marks in a machined surface from the vibration of the tool or workpiece
Word Origin and History for chattered
mid-13c., originally of birds, from chatter (v.).
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]