from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To twitter or chatter, as a bird.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make a series of high-pitched sounds; to twitter, chirp or chatter.
  • v. To shiver or chatter with cold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To chirp in a tremulous manner, as a bird.
  • intransitive v. To shiver or chatter with cold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To chirp; twitter.
  • To shiver; shake, as with cold.
  • To chatter.
  • n. In coalmining, a seam of coal separated from another by a thin band of shale or clay.
  • n. A thin stratum of clay ironstone.
  • n. The chattering or twittering of birds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make high-pitched sounds, as of birds


Middle English chiteren, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English word chiteron. (Wiktionary)



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