- v. present participle of chatter.
- n. A noise that chatters.
- n. Output fluctuation before reaching a stable condition.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or habit of talking idly or rapidly, or of making inarticulate sounds; the sounds so made; noise made by the collision of the teeth; chatter.
- n. the rapid series of noises made by the parts of a machine
- n. the high-pitched continuing noise made by animals (birds or monkeys)
“Birds were chattering from the eaves, and she could hear the clip of the swallows 'beaks as they caught the last insects of the day.”
“The monkey mind has been too too prominant and after so long off, it's chattering is drowned out by the need to GET ON WITH IT!”
“Trembling with fear and distrust of the palefaces, my teeth chattering from the chilly ride, I crept noiselessly in my soft moccasins along the narrow hall, keeping very close to the bare wall.”
“The fall through leafy branches and the dizzy heights; the snakes that struck at me as I dodged and leaped away in chattering flight; the wild dogs that hunted me across the open spaces to the timber -- these were terrors concrete and actual, happenings and not imaginings, things of the living flesh and of sweat and blood.”
“Such a charivari as ensued, for just as my tugs at the alarm-bell began to take effect, the clock struck twelve, and the waits set up outside my window in quavering tones, with their teeth chattering from the cold, an old-fashioned lilt.”
“There's an easy way to stop your wipers 'chattering' - but do it with care”
“The response seemed to be generally positive from the online community, but the idea of chattering newspapers frightens me.”
“This he sums up as a simple question: "what is behind the opinions and attitudes of what are called the chattering classes?”
“His lips are blue and I know the chattering is a response to the cold and a precursor to hypothermia.”
“You and I have talked about all the commentators that are so-called chattering (INAUDIBLE) have been talking, talking, talking.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘chattering’.
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
Various names for groups of birds.
Looking for tweets for chattering.