Definition of witter in English:



[no object]British
  • Speak at length about trivial matters.

    ‘she'd been wittering on about Jennifer and her illness’
    • ‘When I interrupt, as I'd been told I must, more often than not he'd briefly deal with whatever I was wittering on about and then plunge straight back into his own train of thought.’
    • ‘It witters on unconvincingly that having next of kin makes the decision less sovereign to the individual involved.’
    • ‘Besides, they've got this universal broad appeal, whereas all I'm doing is wittering on about obscure pop music.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, as a child, I was not given the opportunity to learn and as I have recently retired and have a little spare time on my hands, I thought it time to stop wittering on about it and bite the bullet.’
    • ‘The Mail has been wittering about a 'lack of proof’ for months.’
    • ‘Anyway, wittering aside, it's time to go to bed now.’
    • ‘He witters on in a comedy falsetto about lutes, but doesn't seem to find what he's looking for up in the hills.’
    • ‘Daughter #2 is still wittering on about a wedding but hasn't set a date.’
    • ‘Why don't we spend hours dissecting our relationship, going into personal details and pointlessly wittering on, like I do with my girlfriends?’
    • ‘‘I get a bit fed up of people wittering on about their children,’ he says eventually.’
    • ‘I entered a hazy phase where I was ‘holding court’ a little using the continuous, free-association form of discourse that my wife unkindly refers to as wittering.’
    • ‘Of course, after wittering on about how great going home via Cannon Street just after the rush hour is, what did I do tonight?’
    • ‘Married to a woman who spends most of their long-distance calls wittering on about what colour carpet to get for his study, Bob is adrift in a sea of loneliness and isolation.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, his friend Noel Fielding, who can get surreal without the help of wheat beer, won't stop wittering about shamans and mermen and people made of biscuits.’
    • ‘It gets really annoying at presentation ceremonies when some old duffer keeps wittering on, doesn't it?’
    • ‘Please don't start wittering on about how Princes Street is a World Heritage Site with 90 historic listed buildings nestling between two conservation areas.’
    • ‘The paper asks him if he's taking hard drugs and - after wittering on for a long time - he points out that he's not taking heroin there and then.’
    • ‘Instead of lauding the likes of Mr Van Buitenen and Ms Andresen, he attacks them; instead of rooting out fraud, he witters on about non-existent success.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, La Girnie witters: ‘I'm amazed that there haven't been complaints from the militant feministas and their sisters that the sculpture fails to include a female.’’
    • ‘He can, according to those who know him, witter on about pretty much anything, and at ear-numbing length.’
    prattle, babble, chatter, prate, gabble, jabber, go on, run on, rattle away, rattle on, yap, jibber-jabber, patter, blather, blether, blither, maunder, ramble, drivel
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Early 19th century (originally Scots and dialect): probably imitative.