verb (used without object)

to talk incessantly; chatter.


a conversation; chat.

Nearby words

  1. natrolite,
  2. natron,
  3. natsopa,
  4. natsume,
  5. natta,
  6. natterjack,
  7. natty,
  8. natura non facit saltum,
  9. natural,
  10. natural aids

Origin of natter

First recorded in 1820–30; variant of earlier gnatter < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for natter



(intr) to talk idly and at length; chatter or gossip


prolonged idle chatter or gossip
Derived Formsnatterer, noun

Word Origin for natter

C19: changed from gnatter to grumble, of imitative origin; compare Low German gnatteren

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Word Origin and History for natter



"grumble, chatter aimlessly, nag," 1829, northern England dialect variant of gnatter "to chatter, grumble," earlier (18c.) "to nibble away," probably of echoic origin. Related: Nattered; nattering. As a noun, 1866, from the verb.

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