What does chatter mean?

Definitions for chatter
ˈtʃæt ərchat·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word chatter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yak, yack, yakety-yak, chatter, cacklenoun

    noisy talk

  2. chatter, chatteringnoun

    the rapid series of noises made by the parts of a machine

  3. chatter, chatteringverb

    the high-pitched continuing noise made by animals (birds or monkeys)

  4. chatter, clickverb

    click repeatedly or uncontrollably

    "Chattering teeth"

  5. chatterverb

    cut unevenly with a chattering tool

  6. chew the fat, shoot the breeze, chat, confabulate, confab, chitchat, chit-chat, chatter, chaffer, natter, gossip, jaw, claver, visitverb

    talk socially without exchanging too much information

    "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"

  7. chatter, piffle, palaver, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, blab, gibber, tattle, blabber, gabbleverb

    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

  8. chatterverb

    make noise as if chattering away

    "The magpies were chattering in the trees"


  1. chatternoun

    one who chats

  2. chatternoun

    a user of chat rooms

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chatternoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The mimick ape began his chatter,
    How evil tongues his life bespatter. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To CHATTERverb

    Etymology: caqueter, Fr.

    Nightingales seldom sing, the pie still chattereth. Philip Sidney.

    So doth the cuckow, when the mavis sings,
    Begin his witless note apace to chatter. Edmund Spenser, Sonnets.

    There was a crow sat chattering upon the back of a sheep; Well, sirrah, says the sheep, you durst not have done this to a dog. Roger L'Estrange.

    Your birds of knowledge, that in dusky air
    Chatter futurity. John Dryden, OEdipus.

    Stood Theodore surpriz’d in deadly fright,
    With chatt’ring teeth, and bristling hair upright. Dryden.

    Dip but your toes into cold water,
    Their correspondent teeth will chatter. Matthew Prior.

    Suffer no hour to pass away in a lazy idleness, an impertinent chattering, or useless trifles. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. chatter

    Chatter generally refers to informal conversation, light-hearted talk or chatter, often on unimportant matters. It is a continuous, rapid flow of conversation or noises. In the context of machinery, it refers to a series of vibrations caused by irregularities in operation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chatterverb

    to utter sounds which somewhat resemble language, but are inarticulate and indistinct

  2. Chatterverb

    to talk idly, carelessly, or with undue rapidity; to jabber; to prate

  3. Chatterverb

    to make a noise by rapid collisions

  4. Chatterverb

    to utter rapidly, idly, or indistinctly

  5. Chatternoun

    sounds like those of a magpie or monkey; idle talk; rapid, thoughtless talk; jabber; prattle

  6. Chatternoun

    noise made by collision of the teeth, as in shivering

  7. Etymology: [Of imitative origin. Cf. Chat, v. i. Chitter.]


  1. Chatter

    Chatter is a signals intelligence term, referring to the volume of intercepted communications. Intelligence officials, not having better metrics, monitor the volume of communication, to or from suspected parties such as terrorists or spies, to determine whether there is cause for alarm. They refer to the electronic communication as "chatter". Monitoring chatter is an example of traffic analysis, a sub-field of signals intelligence. Intelligence specialists hope to learn significant information by methodically monitoring when and with whom suspects communicate. Even if they cannot decrypt what suspects are saying to one another, a change of traffic may raise alarm, since a large increase may indicate increased preparation for action, while a sudden decrease may indicate the end of planning and the imminence of action. These considerations do not apply when the targets of analysis follow the military practice of maintaining a steady flow of encrypted communications whether they are needed or not. Some events, including the capture of the "Algerian Six", were triggered largely by an increase in "chatter".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chatter

    chat′er, v.i. to talk idly or rapidly: to sound as the teeth when one shivers.—ns. Chatt′erbox, one who chatters or talks incessantly; Chatt′erer, one that chatters: an idle talker: a significant popular name applied to the birds of a small family of finch-like perching birds, as the Bohemian wax-wing and the cedar bird of America; Chatt′ering, noise like that made by a magpie, or by the striking together of the teeth: idle talk. [From the sound.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chatter is ranked #148347 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Chatter surname appeared 111 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Chatter.

    58.5% or 65 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    18.9% or 21 total occurrences were Black.
    9% or 10 total occurrences were White.
    6.3% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chatter in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chatter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of chatter in a Sentence

  1. Dan Holden:

    This is typical of hacktivism information sharing and would match up very well with recent online chatter.

  2. James Grover Thurber:

    One has but to observe a community of beavers at work in a stream to understand the loss in his sagacity, balance, cooperation, competence, and purpose which Man has suffered since he rose up on his hind legs.... He began to chatter and he developed Reason, Thought, and Imagination, qualities which would get the smartest group of rabbits or orioles in the world into inextricable trouble overnight.

  3. Adobe Digital Index:

    Much of the disappointed chatter focused on the lack of blockbuster deals.

  4. Aleister Crowley:

    To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.

  5. Pope Francis:

    This is a serious disease that begins simply when people chatter, and it takes over the person, turning the person as a Satan, and in so many cases people are speaking ill about their own colleagues and brothers and sisters. These people haven't got the courage to speak directly, and they speak about others behind their backs, dear brothers, let us be aware and guard against the terrorism of gossip.

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  • вибрация, бъбря, дърдоря, дърдорене, дрънчене, дрънчаBulgarian
  • snakke, skræppe, hakke, sludre, klapre, plapreDanish
  • Geschwätz, Geschnatter, schwatzen, Geplapper, plaudern, Gequassel, Gequake, GequatscheGerman
  • babiliEsperanto
  • parloteo, cotorreo, parlotear, cotorrearSpanish
  • rupattelu, kalista, kalina, turista, juttelu, rupatella, lörpöttely, räkättää, jaarittelu, lörpötellä, jutellaFinnish
  • bavarder, bagou, jacasser, jacassementFrench
  • aighneasIrish
  • snagadaich, goileamScottish Gaelic
  • बकवासHindi
  • vacog, cseverészik, cseveg, csacsogHungarian
  • 無駄話, 冗言Japanese
  • garriōLatin
  • koekoe, tetetete, haunene, hūkekeMāori
  • gekwetter, geroezemoes, kwebbelen, geklets, kletsenDutch
  • zumbido, falatório, Tagarelar, burburinhoPortuguese
  • chanrararayQuechua
  • pălăvrăgealăRomanian
  • стучать зубами, болтовня, болтать, трёп, трепатьсяRussian
  • bërbëlit, bërbëlitjeAlbanian
  • babbel, pladderSwedish
  • వాగుTelugu
  • çene çalmak, gevezelikTurkish
  • luspikotön, luspikönVolapük

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    • A. transpire
    • B. denudate
    • C. abash
    • D. elaborate

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