Meaning of yatter in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjatə/


[no object] informal
  • Talk incessantly; chatter.

    • ‘dear old Betty was yattering at me on Sunday’
    • ‘They'd gone back to their room, to yatter about sex under the covers in dim light and comfort.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    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, cackle


mass noun informal
  • Incessant talk.

    • ‘there is no place like home for random yatter’
    prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, rambling


Early 19th century imitative, perhaps suggested by yammer and chatter.