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 ?
Sallie Gardiner was absorbed in keeping her white pique dress clean and chattering with the ubiquitous Fred, who kept Beth in constant terror by his pranks.
Funny, eh--just to think of them smoking pipes and chattering as they drove along as unconcerned as I am now.
Sometimes I overtook the girls downtown and coaxed them into the ice-cream parlour, where they would sit chattering and laughing, telling me all the news from the country.
The chattering and whistling birds were still at it.
SUMMER as it was, the east wind set poor Hepzibah's few remaining teeth chattering in her head, as she and Clifford faced it, on their way up Pyncheon Street, and towards the centre of the town.
There was the honest cockrobin, the favorite game of stripling sportsmen, with its loud querulous note; and the twittering blackbirds flying in sable clouds, and the golden- winged woodpecker with his crimson crest, his broad black gorget, and splendid plumage; and the cedar-bird, with its red tipt wings and yellow-tipt tail and its little monteiro cap of feathers; and the blue jay, that noisy coxcomb, in his gay light blue coat and white underclothes, screaming and chattering, nodding and bobbing and bowing, and pretending to be on good terms with every songster of the grove.
Poor Lazarus there, chattering his teeth against the curbstone for his pillow, and shaking off his tatters with his shiverings, he might plug up both ears with rags, and put a corn-cob into his mouth, and yet that would not keep out the tempestuous Euroclydon.
And so all day long she sat shivering, and came home at night with her teeth chattering and pains in her head and back.