Definition of chitter in English:



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  • 1Make a twittering or chattering sound.

    ‘a pair of hawks arced chittering through the darkness’
    • ‘I let out a few screams when one flapped their wings and chittered and cheeped at me.’
    • ‘Even just before dusk, there were only a scant few Chickadees chittering about, and they were making their soft chirping calls, rather than their usual brassy ones.’
    • ‘My fiancé and I, being dorks, were chittering about whether the animals shown in the opening sequence have any real significance on the fighting style.’
    • ‘One of the tiny bat-creatures chittered nervously from the darkness.’
    • ‘He began chittering at them, trying to get them to do his bidding.’
    • ‘Zeke shrugged, and as they went out the door, they heard the intercom chittering.’
    • ‘They came grunting and chittering, snarling and slobbering.’
    • ‘Squirrels were leaping and cavorting after each other, rocking the boughs, chittering in jubilee.’
    • ‘With wide brimmed hats and skin slippery with sun block, they chittered and chattered like sparrows, as they frolicked in their favourite spot.’
    • ‘She ducked her head, dodging away and chittering again.’
    • ‘Alanna begins to stroke Kugarine absently, as she rubbed against Alanna's side, chittering gently.’
    • ‘Suddenly a chidit, Joqual, dropped into view next to him, hanging upside-down with its fur fluffed out, chittering at me in high-speed animal speak.’
    • ‘The goldfinches chittered and sang like drunken canaries and once in a thunderstorm a barred owl blundered into that fake crystal chandelier she had always detested.’
    • ‘The creature got a big smile and leapt forward, grabbing her shirt and swinging around onto her shoulders, chittering happily.’
    • ‘Not singing as they did in the spring, they were nevertheless chirping, chucking and chittering as they gleaned seeds and insects.’
    • ‘Mushing together some of Yoko Ono's classic toothy chitter, some lethargic piano, and haphazard sound tweaking, it's topped off by weary chants and hand drums.’
    • ‘I sighed, but then looked to the side and saw Spider dancing atop Mr. Evets' head, laughing his head off and chittering away like the insane little thing he is.’
    • ‘She fiddled with them, chittering to herself, then grinned.’
    • ‘High up in their canopies flyers leapt from branch to branch, chittering and squeaking at the intruders below.’
    • ‘The banshees had arrived soon after, descending upon the gnome village, buzzing and chittering in the language of the viciously insane.’
    chirp, chirrup, cheep, tweet, peep, chitter, chatter, trill, warble, sing
    chirp, chirping, chirrup, chirruping, cheep, cheeping, tweet, tweeting, peep, peeping, chitter, chittering, trill, trilling, warble, warbling
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  • 2Scottish dialect Shiver with cold.

    ‘they stand chittering at bus stops’
    • ‘Then he started chittering and whimpering in shock.’
    • ‘Chaiila started chittering and gasping uncontrollably.’


Middle English: imitative; compare with chatter.