verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to utter rapidly or purposelessly.
to cause to chatter, as the teeth from cold.


Nearby words

  1. chattahoochee,
  2. chattanooga,
  3. chattel,
  4. chattel house,
  5. chattel mortgage,
  6. chatter mark,
  7. chatterati,
  8. chatterbox,
  9. chatterer,
  10. chattering class

Origin of chatter

1200–50; Middle English chateren; imitative

Related formschat·ter·ing·ly, adverbchat·ter·y, adjectiveout·chat·ter, verb (used with object)un·chat·ter·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chattered

British Dictionary definitions for chattered



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
Derived Formschattery, adjective

Word Origin for chatter

C13: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for chattered
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