Chat"ter (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Chattered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Chattering.] [Of imitative origin. Cf. Chat, v. i. Chitter.]

1.

To utter sounds which somewhat resemble language, but are inarticulate and indistinct.

The jaw makes answer, as the magpie chatters. Wordsworth.

2.

To talk idly, carelessly, or with undue rapidity; to jabber; to prate.

To tame a shrew, and charm her chattering tongue. Shak.

3.

To make a noise by rapid collisions.

With chattering teeth, and bristling hair upright. Dryden.

 

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Chat"ter, v. t.

To utter rapidly, idly, or indistinctly.

Begin his witless note apace to chatter. Spenser.

 

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Chat"ter, n.

1.

Sounds like those of a magpie or monkey; idle talk; rapid, thoughtless talk; jabber; prattle.

Your words are but idle and empty chatter. Longfellow.

2.

Noise made by collision of the teeth, as in shivering.

 

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