Definition of chitter-chatter in English:



  • Informal and inconsequential conversation.

    ‘there was chitter-chatter in the lobby as Mabel entered the movie theater’
    • ‘Having done all the polite chitter chatter, and getting-to-know-you's, and name tagging we decided to kick off with some drinking games.’
    • ‘His young son starts hearing what sounds like alien chitter-chatter on his baby monitoring walkie-talkie.’
    • ‘I was amused enough by this chitter chatter.’
    • ‘There was no chitter-chatter; they were focused.’
    • ‘I actually haven't heard from them, directly, but I know there's a lot of Internet chitter-chatter going on.’
    • ‘My "students" had also broken the trend by attending on the dot and were even being very respectful and not disturbing me with jibber jabber or chitter chatter.’
    • ‘Stylish 20-somethings and other fashionistas flocked to this do for an evening of chitter chatter on haute couture.’
    • ‘We had a couple of smokes and by 4am we had solved all the worlds problems with our stoned chitter chatter.’
    • ‘A few more hours of boring chitter chatter followed before, finally, the men ajourned to the study to partake of some spirits before dinner.’
    • ‘The roar of increasingly incomprehensible chitter chatter from an unsettled sea of faces suddenly clobbers you with a forgotten sense of reality.’
    • ‘Even after the tremors shook the earth and people were gathering outside I ignored the noise of chitter-chatter.’
    • ‘Everything I've said online for the past ten years is available within Google's index, and now all my daily chitter-chatter could be on a Google server as well.’
    • ‘As part of the general chitter-chatter in Denver, informal negotiations between the NBA's Players' Association and the league's management and owners will attempt to forge an agreement before the present one expires in June.’
    talk, conversation, gossip, chatter, chitter-chatter, heart-to-heart, tête-à-tête, powwow, blether, blather
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[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Talk about trivial matters.

    ‘people are chitter-chattering and laughter flows freely’
    • ‘While she chitter-chatters away like a house sparrow nesting in the eaves I remain shielded by an expanse of newspaper.’
    • ‘As I had expected, Judy chitter-chattered about this and that.’
    • ‘Where else might you find gaggles of ladies chitter-chattering in bikinis and red lipstick over vegetable juices?’
    • ‘That is all that they can chitter-chatter about as yet.’
    • ‘Remember a time when if you wanted to talk to someone you would pick up the phone and spend hours chitter chattering about nothing.’
    • ‘They just chitter-chattered about lots of things.’
    • ‘We chitter-chattered for ten minutes or so, until his delayed flight was ready.’
    • ‘I also had a chance to chitter chatter with Miss Nicky during dinner.’
    • ‘The atmosphere was great, with 70's music being played on the big screens and everyone chitter chattering away.’
    • ‘What else is there to do but chitter chatter about the patterns in the froth whilst we wait?’


Early 18th century: reduplication of chatter.