From Middle English chateren, from earlier cheteren, chiteren (“to twitter, chatter, jabber”), of imitative origin. Compare Dutch 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): chattering, chatting, nattering
- See also Thesaurus:chatter
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- (intransitive) To talk idly.
- They knitted and chattered the whole time.
- c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene ii]:
- 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.
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.
- chatter in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- chatter in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
- chatter at OneLook Dictionary Search