chattering


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chat·ter

 (chăt′ər)
v. chat·tered, chat·ter·ing, chat·ters
v.intr.
1. To talk rapidly, incessantly, and on trivial subjects; jabber.
2. To utter a rapid series of short, inarticulate, speechlike sounds: birds chattering in the trees.
3. To click quickly and repeatedly: Our teeth chattered from the cold.
4. To vibrate or rattle while in operation: A power drill will chatter if the bit is loose.
v.tr.
To utter in a rapid, usually thoughtless way: chattered a long reply.
n.
1. Idle, trivial talk.
2. Communication, such as email and cell phone calls, between people who are involved in terrorism or espionage, as monitored by a government agency.
3. The sharp, rapid sounds made by some birds and animals.
4. A series of quick rattling or clicking sounds.

[Middle English chateren, of imitative origin.]

chat′ter·er n.

chattering

(ˈtʃætərɪŋ)
n
1. rapid and continuous talk
2. the high-pitched, repetitive noises made by a bird, monkey, etc

Chattering

 a company of choughs; starlings collectively.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chattering - the rapid series of noises made by the parts of a machine
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
2.chattering - the high-pitched continuing noise made by animals (birds or monkeys)
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
Translations

chattering

[ˈtʃætərɪŋ]
A. N [of person] → parloteo m; (excessive) → charloteo m; [of birds, monkeys] → parloteo m; [of teeth] → castañeteo m
B. CPD the chattering classes NPL (Brit) (pej) → los intelectualoides

chattering

nGeschwätz nt
adj the chattering classes (Brit pej inf) → das Bildungsbürgertum
References in classic literature ?
Let them HEAR me chattering and sighing with winter-cold, all those poor squinting knaves around me
the leap, the screaming and the splashing of the horse, and the crunch crunch of bones; and yet again, the sombre twilight and the sad silence of the end of day, and then the great full-throated roar, sudden, like a trump of doom, and swift upon it the insane shrieking and chattering among the trees, and I, too, am trembling with fear and am one of the many shrieking and chattering among the trees.
The Hunter, turning very pale and chattering with his teeth from fear, replied, "No, thank you.