- 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 of chatterMiddle English chateren: origin, originally echoic
- the act or sound of chattering
- rapid, foolish talk
verbchat·tered, chat·ter·ing, chat·ters
- 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 email 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 of chatterMiddle English chateren of imitative origin
- talk, especially meaningless or unimportant talk
- the sound of talking
- the sound made by a magpie
- an intermittent noise, as from vibration
- Proper brake adjustment will help to reduce the chatter.
- in national security, the degree of communication between suspect groups and individuals, used to gauge the degree of expected terrorist activity.
- The NSA is concerned about increased chatter between known terror groups.
(third-person singular simple present chatters, present participle chattering, simple past and past participle chattered)
- (intransitive) To talk idly.
- They knitted and chattered the whole time.
- (intransitive) Of teeth, machinery, etc, to make a noise by rapid collisions.
- He was so cold that his teeth were chattering.
- To utter sounds which somewhat resemble language, but are inarticulate and indistinct.
From Middle English chateren (“to chatter”), of imitative origin.
- one who chats
- (Internet) a user of chat rooms
chat + -er