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chatter

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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chatterchat‧ter1 /ˈtʃætə $ -ər/ verb [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 1 TALK TO somebody (also chatter away/on) to talk quickly in a friendly way without stopping, especially about things that are not serious or important 🔊 She chattered away happily until she noticed I wasn’t listening. 🔊 She chattered excitedly like a child.chatter about 🔊 We were chattering about the events of last night.2 CSOUNDif birds or monkeys chatter, they make short high sounds3 COLDif your teeth are chattering, you are so cold or frightened that your teeth are knocking together4 the chattering classeschatterer noun [countable]
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chatterMitchell had forgotten she chattered a lot, this inflated gaiety, whenever she was hyper or high.Michele sat there chattering about her minor ailments to anyone who would listen.A teleprinter was chattering away in the corner.I could hear the boys chattering away in the other room.The tiny gray-haired woman chattered continuously as she demonstrated how to make a tortilla.People chattering, doors opening and closing, loud male greetings, the level of noise rising.The radio suddenly chatters into life; the phone rings ...Its automatic weapons chatter nightly, and mortars crump in reply.A few minutes later Dexter watched the printer chatter out around two and a half thousand names and addresses.They poured out of the school chattering with their friends.chatter aboutWhat were you two chattering about?
Related topics: Colours & sounds
chatterchatter2 noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 1 TALK TO somebodyinformal talk, especially about things that are not serious or importantchatter of 🔊 the excited chatter of the audience 🔊 Jane’s constant chatter was annoying him. 🔊 gossip and idle chatter 🔊 She was full of chatter about her new friends.2 CSOUNDa series of short high sounds made by some birds or monkeyschatter of 🔊 the chatter of birds3 CSOUNDa hard quick repeated sound made by your teeth knocking together or by machineschatter of 🔊 the chatter of the printer
Examples from the Corpus
chatterJane's constant chatter was beginning to annoy him.Audrey had arrived late, and her twittering, terrified, inept chatter was the most touching touch of all.Now, off with your clothes and no more chatter.His job as a government lobbyist for the Federal Communications Commission depends on nonstop chatter.The sound came back and I heard the chatter on the radio.I woke up to the chatter of helicopters flying overhead.Yet I can not share in the triumphalist chatter of the past three days, so reminiscent of 1987.I think many users are starting to get very tired of all the spamming and useless chatter that is happening on Usenet.constant chatterJane's constant chatter was beginning to annoy him.Arnold talks to the crowd, but he doesn't have Trevino's constant chatter.
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Verb table
chatter
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theychatter
he, she, itchatters
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theychattered
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave chattered
he, she, ithas chattered
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad chattered
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill chatter
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have chattered
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam chattering
he, she, itis chattering
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you, we, theyare chattering
Past
I, he, she, itwas chattering
you, we, theywere chattering
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been chattering
he, she, ithas been chattering
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been chattering
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be chattering
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been chattering
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