[ chuhn-ter ]

verb (used without object)British Informal.
  1. to grumble or grouse mildly or tediously.

Origin of chunter

First recorded in 1590–1600; originally dialect (Midlands, N England) chunter, chunder, chunner; compare Scots channer in same sense; expressive word of obscure origin

Words Nearby chunter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chunter in a sentence

  • 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)

/ (ˈtʃʌntə) /

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

Origin of chunter

C16: probably of imitative origin

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