AskDefine | Define chatter

Dictionary Definition



1 noisy talk [syn: yak, yack, yakety-yak, cackle]
2 the rapid series of noises made by the parts of a machine [syn: chattering]
3 the high-pitched continuing noise made by animals (birds or monkeys) [syn: chattering]


1 click repeatedly or uncontrollably; "Chattering teeth" [syn: click]
2 cut unevenly with a chattering tool
3 talk socially without exchanging too much information; "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze" [syn: chew the fat, shoot the breeze, chat, confabulate, confab, chitchat, chaffer, natter, gossip, jaw, claver, visit]
4 speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly [syn: piffle, palaver, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, blab, gibber, tattle, blabber, gabble]
5 make noise as if chattering away; "The magpies were chattering in the trees"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ˈtʃætə, /"tS

Extensive Definition

Chatter can refer to:
  • chatter in the speech sense - to talk noisily or conversationally. See also chattering classes.
  • Related phenomena such as:
    • In machining, the vibration of a cutting tool or workpiece, resulting in a poor finish, and sometimes tool or workpiece breakage.
    • Noise generated in pipes due to vibration, which is generally caused by loose piping or other loose parts.
    • In electronics, the unwanted bouncing of switch or relay contacts - see switch.
    • In signal intelligence, encrypted electronic signals to be subjected to Traffic analysis.
    • In the blogosphere, a daily compilation of odd news and musings - this, that, the other thing.
  • Project CHATTER (1947-1953), a U.S. Navy truth serum project
  • Chatter mark, an indication of glacial erosion
As a name, Chatter can refer to

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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