From Middle English chateren, from earlier cheteren, chiteren (“to twitter, chatter, jabber”), of imitative origin. Compare Flemish schateren (“chatter”), schetteren, Dutch koeteren (“jabber”), dialectal German kaudern (“to gobble (like a turkey)”), Danish kvidre (“to twitter, chirp”).
- 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.
talk, especially meaningless or unimportant talk
- Albanian: bërbëlit (sq)
- Bulgarian: дърдорене (bg) n (dǎrdorene)
- Mandarin: 廢話 (zh), 废话 (zh) (fèihuà), 閒話 (zh) or 閑話 (zh), 闲话 (zh) (xiánhuà)
- Dutch: geklets (nl) n
- Finnish: jaarittelu (fi), juttelu (fi), rupattelu (fi), lörpöttely (fi)
- French: jacassement (fr) m, bagou (fr) m
- German: Geplapper (de) n, Gequatsche (de) n, Geschnatter n, Gequake n, Geschwätz (de) n, Gequassel (de) n
- Irish: aighneas m
intermittent noise, as from vibration
degree of communication between suspects
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chatter (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.
- To tame a shrew, and charm her chattering tongue.
- (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.
- The jaw makes answer, as the magpie chatters.
- Albanian: bërbëlitje (sq)
- Bulgarian: бъбря (bg) (bǎbrja), дърдоря (bg) (dǎrdorja)
- Danish: plapre, sludre, snakke, hyggesnakke, småsnakke
- Dutch: kletsen (nl), kwebbelen (nl)
- Esperanto: babili (eo)
- Finnish: jutella (fi), rupatella, lörpötellä (fi), (colloquial) turista (fi)
- French: jacasser (fr), bavarder (fr)
- German: plaudern (de), schwatzen (de)
- Ancient: στωμύλλω (stōmúllō), λαλέω (laléō)
to utter sounds that are largely inarticulate
chat + -er
chatter (plural chatters)
- one who chats
- (Internet) a user of chat rooms
2013, Michael K. Sullivan, Sexual Minorities, page 148:
- During the chat sessions, two outreach team members would engage in a conversation about the topic chosen for that event in the main chat room and entice other chatters to join in.