- 1[intransitive] chatter (away/on) (to somebody) (about something) to talk quickly and continuously, especially about things that are not important They chattered away happily for a while. The children chattered to each other excitedly about the next day's events.
- 2[intransitive] (of teeth) to knock together continuously because you are cold or frightened Her teeth chattered as she dressed. See related entries: Fear
- 3[intransitive] (of birds or monkeys) to make a series of short high sounds The only sounds we could hear were the birds chattering in the trees. Word Origin Middle English: imitative.Extra examples He chattered excitedly to his friends. He chattered on happily for about half an hour. We chattered about work. chattering excitedly to her friends The children chattered to each other excitedly about the next day’s events.Idioms (British English, usually disapproving) the people in society who like to give their opinions on political or social issues Constitutional reform is popular among the chattering classes.
BrE BrE//ˈtʃætə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃætər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chatter
BrE BrE//ˈtʃætə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃætər//he / she / it chatters
BrE BrE//ˈtʃætəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃætərz//past simple chattered
BrE BrE//ˈtʃætəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃætərd//past participle chattered
BrE BrE//ˈtʃætəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃætərd//-ing form chattering
BrE BrE//ˈtʃætərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃætərɪŋ//Fear