- Talk, especially meaningless or unimportant talk.
- The sound of talking.
- The sound made by a magpie.
- An intermittent noise, as from vibration.
- Proper brake adjustment will help to reduce the chatter.
- In national security, the degree of communication between suspect groups and individuals, used to gauge the degree of expected terrorist activity.
- The NSA is concerned about increased chatter between known terror groups.
- French: jacassement, bagou
- German: Geplapper, Gequatsche, Geschnatter, Gequake, Geschwätz, Gequassel
- Italian: chiacchierio, chiacchiericcio
- Portuguese: falatório
- Russian: болтовня́
- Spanish: parloteo, cotorreo, cháchara, palique
chatter (chatters, present participle chattering; past and past participle chattered)
- (intransitive) To talk idly.
- They knitted and chattered the whole time.
- c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene ii]:
- To tame a shrew, and charm her chattering tongue.
- (intransitive) Of teeth, machinery, etc, to make a noise by rapid collisions.
- He was so cold that his teeth were chattering.
- To utter sounds which somewhat resemble language, but are inarticulate and indistinct.
- The jaw makes answer, as the magpie chatters.
- French: jacasser, bavarder
- German: plaudern, schwatzen
- Portuguese: papear, bater papo
- Russian: болта́ть
- Spanish: parlotear, cotorrear
- Russian: стуча́ть зуба́ми
chatter (plural chatters)