Chatter - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈtʃætər|  American pronunciation of the word chatter
Brit.  |ˈtʃatə|  British pronunciation of the word chatter


- noisy talk (syn: cackle, yack, yak, yakety-yak)
- the rapid series of noises made by the parts of a machine (syn: chattering)
- the high-pitched continuing noise made by animals (birds or monkeys) (syn: chattering)


- click repeatedly or uncontrollably (syn: click)
- cut unevenly with a chattering tool
- talk socially without exchanging too much information (syn: chaffer, chat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, visit)
- speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly (syn: blab, blabber, clack, gabble, gibber, maunder, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle)
- make noise as if chattering away


Children chattered in the middle of the playground.

My teeth were chattering from the cold.

Birds chattered in the trees.

...pleasant chatter over morning coffee...

She chattered away happily until she noticed I wasn't listening.

She chattered excitedly like a child.

We were chattering about the events of last night.

Jane's constant chatter was annoying him.

She was full of chatter about her new friends.

The magpies were chattering in the trees

Her constant chatter was a nuisance.

Their endless chatter drove her to distraction.

...the yeasty chatter at a cocktail party on New Year's Eve...

This silly chatter would vex a saint.

...when the grandkids come to stay, the house is abubble with their chatter and horseplay...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: chatter
he/she/it: chatters
present participle: chattering
past tense: chattered
past participle: chattered
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