- The definition of chatter is ongoing silly or meaningless talk, or communication between potential terrorists which is monitored by a government agency, or the sounds made by birds and animals.
- The sound of a bunch of silly conversations going on at a cocktail party is an example of chatter.
- A series of emails detailing the plans of a terrorist organization is an example of chatter.
- The ongoing sounds made by some birds are examples of chatter.
- Chatter means when animals make short speech like sounds, or talking on and on about silly or trivial things.
- When two squirrels sit on the lawn and seem to talk to each other, this is an example of their chatter.
- When you chit chat and go on and on about silly things, this is an example of a time when you chatter.
- to make short, indistinct sounds in rapid succession: birds and squirrels chatter
- to talk fast, incessantly, and foolishly
- to click together rapidly, as the teeth do when the lower jaw trembles from fright or cold
- to rattle or vibrate: an improperly adjusted tool chatters
Origin: Middle English chateren: origin, originally echoic
- the act or sound of chattering
- rapid, foolish talk
- chatterer noun
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verb chat·tered, chat·ter·ing, chat·ters verb, intransitive
- To talk rapidly, incessantly, and on trivial subjects; jabber.
- To utter a rapid series of short, inarticulate, speechlike sounds: birds chattering in the trees.
- To click quickly and repeatedly: Our teeth chattered from the cold.
- To vibrate or rattle while in operation: A power drill will chatter if the bit is loose.
- Idle, trivial talk.
- Communication, such as e-mail and cell phone calls, between people who are involved in terrorism or espionage, as monitored by a government agency.
- The sharp, rapid sounds made by some birds and animals.
- A series of quick rattling or clicking sounds.
Origin: Middle English chateren, of imitative origin.
- chatˈter·er noun