[ chuhn-ter ]
/ ˈtʃʌn tər /

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

  • 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) /


(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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