Definition of "chatter" []

  • To talk rapidly, incessantly, and on trivial subjects; jabber. (verb-intransitive)
  • To utter a rapid series of short, inarticulate, speechlike sounds: birds chattering in the trees. (verb-intransitive)
  • To click quickly and repeatedly: Our teeth chattered from the cold. (verb-intransitive)
  • To vibrate or rattle while in operation: A power drill will chatter if the bit is loose. (verb-intransitive)
  • To utter in a rapid, usually thoughtless way: chattered a long reply. (verb-transitive)
  • To speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly; prattle (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of birds, monkeys, etc) to make rapid repetitive high-pitched noises resembling human speech (verb)
  • (of the teeth) to click together rapidly through cold or fear (verb)
  • To make rapid intermittent contact with a component, as in machining, causing irregular cutting (verb)
  • Idle or foolish talk; gossip (noun)
  • The high-pitched repetitive noise made by a bird, monkey, etc (noun)
  • The rattling of objects, such as parts of a machine (noun)
  • The undulating pattern of marks in a machined surface from the vibration of the tool or workpiece (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "chatter" in a sentence
  • "This chatter is all well and good, but the fact is while the Europeans played well Saturday, better than the Americans, they didn't make up all that much ground."
  • "BLITZER: Is there increased what they call chatter right now around this anniversary of 9/11 that is causing experts counterterrorism experts in the U.S. government a little bit more heightened concerned?"
  • "M. O'BRIEN: And you know, of course, the intelligence agencies of the world are constantly dialed into what they call the chatter on this sort of thing."