chatter

To chatter is to talk lightly or casually — to shoot the breeze or chitchat. You might chatter with your workmates about the weather or where you'll eat lunch.

You probably chatter with your friends all the time without even thinking about it, gossiping or talking about unimportant things. You can call the talk itself chatter too: "The chatter in the cafeteria was so loud I couldn't hear myself think." In the 13th century, it was chateren, from an imitative Middle English root.

Definitions of chatter
  1. verb
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
    synonyms: chaffer, chat, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
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    types:
    jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze
    talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
    type of:
    converse, discourse
    carry on a conversation
  2. verb
    speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
  3. verb
    make noise as if chattering away
    “The magpies were chattering in the trees”
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  4. verb
    click repeatedly or uncontrollably
    Chattering teeth”
    synonyms: click
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  5. noun
    noisy talk
    synonyms: cackle, yack, yak, yakety-yak
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    types:
    blether, chin music, idle talk, prate, prattle
    idle or foolish and irrelevant talk
    type of:
    talk, talking
    an exchange of ideas via conversation
  6. noun
    the high-pitched continuing noise made by animals (birds or monkeys)
    synonyms: chattering
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    type of:
    noise
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  7. noun
    the rapid series of noises made by the parts of a machine
    synonyms: chattering
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    type of:
    noise
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  8. verb
    cut unevenly with a chattering tool
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    type of:
    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
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