verb (used without object) British Informal.

to grumble or grouse mildly or tediously.

Origin of chunter

1590–1600; orig. dial. (Midlands, N England) chunter, chunder, chunner; compare Scots channer in same sense; expressive word of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chunter

Historical Examples of chunter

  • 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


chunner (ˈtʃʌnə)


(intr often foll by on) British informal to mutter or grumble incessantly in a meaningless fashion

Word Origin for chunter

C16: probably of imitative origin
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