Chat"ter (?), v. i. [imp. &
p. p. Chattered (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Chattering.] [Of imitative origin. Cf.
Chat, v. i. Chitter.]
1. To utter sounds which somewhat resemble
language, but are inarticulate and indistinct.
The jaw makes answer, as the magpie
2. To talk idly, carelessly, or with
undue rapidity; to jabber; to prate.
To tame a shrew, and charm her chattering
3. To make a noise by rapid
With chattering teeth, and bristling hair
Chat"ter, v. t. To utter
rapidly, idly, or indistinctly.
Begin his witless note apace to
Chat"ter, n. 1.
Sounds like those of a magpie or monkey; idle talk; rapid,
thoughtless talk; jabber; prattle.
Your words are but idle and empty
2. Noise made by collision of the teeth,
as in shivering.