Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) A bit of bread eaten by those who have been swimming, to prevent shivering or the chattering of their teeth with the cold; a shivering-bite. Also called chittering-crust and chittering-piece.
‘Chittering-bite’ is Scottish in origin.
“It was the earliest warm day that spring; some of the boys had ventured a dip among the grey rollers and the heel of a loaf - a discarded chittering-bite - lay in the master's way to his desk.”