Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To talk idly; chatter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To talk without purpose.
  • v. To nag.
  • n. Mindless and irrelevant chatter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To find fault; to be peevish.
  • intransitive v. To talk constantly; to chatter incessantly to prattle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To find fault; nag.

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

  • v. talk socially without exchanging too much information

Etymologies

Variant of dialectal gnatter, to nibble, natter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • JEFFREY EUGENIDES dark natter [dark nat ur] n. an analogue of dark matter, which astrophysicists speculate may constitute as much as 90 percent of the universe, dark natter is empty but continuous chatter of an ominous sort, whether in direct discourse, by way of the electronic media, or in print.

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  • We were observant of details and appearances, and we could one and all "natter" over our small grievances without wearying of the subject, and without ever speculating on their causes, or devising remedies for them.

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  • i was advised by a green party lady last night to send the email 5 times in one go, that that's how to get his attention. i don't want to piss him off but would like the honour of a one-on-one 'natter'. i've been told i give good nat.

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  • OMG but OBAMA's a LIB SOCIALIST so it doesn't natter that his policies are GOOD.

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  • The quality of the reviews in this issue, however, well justifies shelling out the cost of a print copy, with which you can spend several hours, if not days, enjoying one of the few national book reviews that doesn't consider books an excuse for allowing reviewers to natter on about their "ideas" and that provides ample space for reviews of current fiction alongside the well-chosen nonfiction reviews also included.

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  • He did, however, sit down to open the latest edition June 19, equipped with a flask of coffee and pottery mugs, to natter to a Buddhist monk about egoism, altruism and Schopenhauer.

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  • Brainy Indians in Silicon Valley natter constantly with brainy Indians in Bangalore.

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  • Soit does seema bit strange, even antisocial, to natter in the reading room while others are trying to concentrate.

    Libraries

  • One morning in Canberra in the winter of 2006-07, Trescothick and I were standing together by the hotel breakfast room toaster having a natter.

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  • More mock "outrage" ... just like McCain defending Lieberman's right to natter on forever ... forgetting that he (McCain) often cut off Democrats debate ...

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