Definition of chitter in English:



  • 1Make a twittering or chattering sound:

    ‘a pair of hawks arced chittering through the darkness’
    • ‘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 let out a few screams when one flapped their wings and chittered and cheeped at me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alanna begins to stroke Kugarine absently, as she rubbed against Alanna's side, chittering gently.’
    • ‘She ducked her head, dodging away and chittering again.’
    • ‘The creature got a big smile and leapt forward, grabbing her shirt and swinging around onto her shoulders, chittering happily.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘High up in their canopies flyers leapt from branch to branch, chittering and squeaking at the intruders below.’
    • ‘He began chittering at them, trying to get them to do his bidding.’
    • ‘The banshees had arrived soon after, descending upon the gnome village, buzzing and chittering in the language of the viciously insane.’
    • ‘Zeke shrugged, and as they went out the door, they heard the intercom chittering.’
    • ‘They came grunting and chittering, snarling and slobbering.’
    • ‘With wide brimmed hats and skin slippery with sun block, they chittered and chattered like sparrows, as they frolicked in their favourite spot.’
    • ‘Not singing as they did in the spring, they were nevertheless chirping, chucking and chittering as they gleaned seeds and insects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She fiddled with them, chittering to herself, then grinned.’
    • ‘One of the tiny bat-creatures chittered nervously from the darkness.’
    • ‘Squirrels were leaping and cavorting after each other, rocking the boughs, chittering in jubilee.’
    chirp, chirrup, cheep, tweet, peep, chitter, chatter, trill, warble, sing
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  • 2Scottish dialect Shiver with cold:

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


Middle English: imitative; compare with chatter.