Meaning of witter in English:



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

    ‘she'd been wittering on about Jennifer and her illness’
    • ‘He can, according to those who know him, witter on about pretty much anything, and at ear-numbing length.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It witters on unconvincingly that having next of kin makes the decision less sovereign to the individual involved.’
    • ‘He witters on in a comedy falsetto about lutes, but doesn't seem to find what he's looking for up in the hills.’
    • ‘The Mail has been wittering about a 'lack of proof’ for months.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyway, wittering aside, it's time to go to bed now.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I get a bit fed up of people wittering on about their children,’ he says eventually.’
    • ‘Besides, they've got this universal broad appeal, whereas all I'm doing is wittering on about obscure pop music.’
    • ‘Daughter #2 is still wittering on about a wedding but hasn't set a date.’
    • ‘Of course, after wittering on about how great going home via Cannon Street just after the rush hour is, what did I do tonight?’
    • ‘It gets really annoying at presentation ceremonies when some old duffer keeps wittering on, doesn't it?’
    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.