chitter


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chit·ter

 (chĭt′ər)
intr.v. chit·tered, chit·ter·ing, chit·ters
To twitter or chatter, as a bird.

[Middle English chiteren, of imitative origin.]

chitter

(ˈtʃɪtə)
vb (intr)
1. chiefly US to twitter or chirp
2. a dialect word for shiver1, chatter3
[C14: of imitative origin]

chit•ter

(ˈtʃɪt ər)

v.i.
to twitter.
[1350–1400; Middle English che(a)teren,chiteren, alter. of chateren to chatter]

chitter


Past participle: chittered
Gerund: chittering

Imperative
chitter
chitter
Present
I chitter
you chitter
he/she/it chitters
we chitter
you chitter
they chitter
Preterite
I chittered
you chittered
he/she/it chittered
we chittered
you chittered
they chittered
Present Continuous
I am chittering
you are chittering
he/she/it is chittering
we are chittering
you are chittering
they are chittering
Present Perfect
I have chittered
you have chittered
he/she/it has chittered
we have chittered
you have chittered
they have chittered
Past Continuous
I was chittering
you were chittering
he/she/it was chittering
we were chittering
you were chittering
they were chittering
Past Perfect
I had chittered
you had chittered
he/she/it had chittered
we had chittered
you had chittered
they had chittered
Future
I will chitter
you will chitter
he/she/it will chitter
we will chitter
you will chitter
they will chitter
Future Perfect
I will have chittered
you will have chittered
he/she/it will have chittered
we will have chittered
you will have chittered
they will have chittered
Future Continuous
I will be chittering
you will be chittering
he/she/it will be chittering
we will be chittering
you will be chittering
they will be chittering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been chittering
you have been chittering
he/she/it has been chittering
we have been chittering
you have been chittering
they have been chittering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been chittering
you will have been chittering
he/she/it will have been chittering
we will have been chittering
you will have been chittering
they will have been chittering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been chittering
you had been chittering
he/she/it had been chittering
we had been chittering
you had been chittering
they had been chittering
Conditional
I would chitter
you would chitter
he/she/it would chitter
we would chitter
you would chitter
they would chitter
Past Conditional
I would have chittered
you would have chittered
he/she/it would have chittered
we would have chittered
you would have chittered
they would have chittered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.chitter - make high-pitched sounds, as of birdschitter - make high-pitched sounds, as of birds
cheep, chirp, chirrup, peep - make high-pitched sounds; "the birds were chirping in the bushes"
References in periodicals archive ?
There were air horns, inflatables, grown men in silly hats and most of the time, even when there was very little going on to keep them interested, there was the constant hum of excited chitter chatter.
Initially, things stuttered along and looked in danger of stalling - and I wasn't sure that the chitter chatter of two strangers, and the even more bland and banal outpourings from "Forever FM" on John's car radio, would be enough to sustain me.
Tears A SILENT tear is seldom seen and never heard But it can say more than any word A tear is often a private matter Not meant for chitter chatter Tears can express great sorrow and grief Are are rarely brief, A tear of happiness is a far different matter Who cares if on your cheeks a few tears splatter Men try hard to hide their tears Because of some old fashioned ideas Crocodile tears are what we should all fear Because as we know they can cost us dear.
On a melt day you can hear what happened weeks ago, the creek talking, a pheasant's cluck, a sparrow's chitter.
There's none of the polite chitter chatter that I remember from my previous encounters with Mr Darcy.
These two-note vocalizations were often given repeatedly for several minutes, at times accompanied by trill calls, before males began using the chitter call.
There is no catastrophic event quite like the loss of available chitter chatter in the virtual world of the strangers on the cathode ray tube.
A rather long winded and belaboured story which may none the less appeal to the avid reader perhaps a girl--of about 8 who doesn't mind the chitter and chatter of class conscious 'young ladies'.
The fire tail tells the boys when nests are nigh & tweets & ryes from every passer bye The yellow hammer never makes a noise But ryes in silence from the noisey boys The boys will come & take them every day & still she lays as none were them away The nightingale keeps tweeting churring round But leaves in silence when the nest is found The pewet hollos chewsit as she ryes & flops about the shepherd where he lies But when her nest is found she stops her song & cocks [her] coppled crown & runs along Wrens cock their tails & chitter loud & play & robins hollow tut & rye away[.
The beats chitter like insects, synths scream like mating calls, and the buzzing bass glistens and oozes like juicy, infectious love funk.
All my life the chitter of the living has mixed together with the dead" (58), the poet says, and from the outset, we know of these dual presences and of the unbroken relationship between them.
Except for the occasional bark of a gaunt stray dog, or the cough from one of the much rarer 1950s-era automobiles, mostly what I hear is the chitter of insects and caws of birds.