One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Talk incessantly; chatter.‘dear old Betty was yattering at me on Sunday’
chat, talk idly, chatter, prattle, prate, go on, run on, rattle away, rattle on, gossip, tittle-tattle, tattle, ramble, gabble, jabber, babble, blather, blether, blither, twitter, maunder, drivel, patter, yap, jibber-jabber, cackleView synonyms
- ‘But it's just one step too far in terms of yattering about work (you see, I natter about the trivial and the personalities, but never about the substance, and almost never about the policies).’
- ‘They'd gone back to their room, to yatter about sex under the covers in dim light and comfort.’
- ‘Dolly yattered at them fiercely, in a non-discriminatory way.’
- ‘In the meantime, let's stop yattering with utterly useless political pontification and attempt to affect one thing - a debate.’
- ‘Since I had only spoken to him once all night, I knew exactly what he was yattering on about and so I reacted.’
- ‘Probably I just realized I'd been yattering for a while, and stopped.’
Incessant talk.‘there is no place like home for random yatter’prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, ramblingView synonyms
Early 19th century: imitative, perhaps suggested by yammer and chatter.
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