1. a conversation; chat.

Origin of natter

First recorded in 1820–30; variant of earlier gnatter < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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



"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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