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1(person) charlar(person) chacharear informal(person) parlotear informal(person) cotorrear informalshe was chattering on / away — estaba chachareando / parloteando informal
- There were a couple of students outside, chattering before school started.
- The door into the lobby opened again, the sound of voices chattering excitedly.
- Jim chattered on about the spectacular flight to Anchorage.
- We chattered about the kids.
- We chattered incessantly, scared by the silence.
- They chattered enthusiastically about theological matters over dinner.
- He gave a quiet smile and scribbled an autograph as the fan chattered.
- The crowd chattered excitedly like middle school students in a crowded lunchroom.
- They chattered and joked and talked about their passion for mountain biking.
- The place was packed with people, chattering happily and laughing loudly.
2(monkeys) parlotear(birds) cotorrear
- Around her, birds chattered happily to each other, and the early morning sounds of traffic could be faintly heard in the distance.
- The monkey chattered fearfully and quickly jumped back into the midst of the tree leaves.
- In the marshland may the fish and birds chatter.
- The pump chattered for a few moments, then settled down to a deeper, steady throbbing.
- On start-up and idle, the engine chatters quite a bit but this soon soothens down on running.
- As a pet, I can recommend an African Grey parrot, as long as you like your pet bird to chatter away to you all day.
- The monkeys cringed and chattered uncomfortably.
- General Anderson's machine gun chattered as it shot down two more bad guys.
- A hummingbird buzzed past our heads, and above, in a magnolia tree, the hill's resident flock of wild parrots clucked and chattered.
- Flocks of parrots chattered at sunset from tangles of mangrove.
- Birds twittered merrily as they fluttered by and squirrels chattered as they raced up and down the limbs gathering nuts.
- Birds sang amidst their leaves, while squirrels chattered to one another.
- They chattered in happy, squeaking voices, beating their tiny wings rapidly as they somersaulted in mid-air.
- The squirrel began to squeak and chatter at the forest entity.
- What does it mean when a squirrel chatters at me?
- The squirrels themselves chatter to each other as they rustle through the limbs of the tree, making the leaves of the tree scratch against the window.
- He was awoken early next morning by the birds that began to sing and chatter in the forest.
- In a cage across the room, I noticed canaries that chattered incessantly to each other and seemed to sing at my presence in protest of my invading their territory.
- The train clinked and chattered all night long.
- Some of the animals chattered a moment and then went on their way, while others stayed to scamper or fly around the two friends.
3(machine guns/typewriters) tabletear(sewing machine) traquetearhis teeth are chattering — le castañetean los dientes
1(idle talk)cháchara feminine informalparloteo masculine informal
- No matter what he did, he couldn't block the incessant chatter.
- I gratefully let my smile fade as I tried to block out their incessant chatter.
- For once Parker appears uninterested in idle chatter.
- The rest of the night was filled with idle chatter.
- I made idle chatter with Jeremy to take my mind off it.
- ‘Excuse us please,’ he said as they walked off and more chatter filled the room.
- While chatter had been prominent the first few hours of the ride, in the last bit they had sunk into a peaceful silence.
- I heard little of the nervous chatter the boys made while we returned to the Academy's inner grounds; in my mind, I was making a list.
- During this time, chatter had begun to erupt around the table.
- Slowly that chatter dies down, but I still feel Kyle's questioning looks.
- Everyone was already there when I arrived, or so I judged from the sounds of laughter and chatter I heard as I rang the doorbell.
- There was more chatter as they figured out a quick seating arrangement.
- He was a rather taciturn individual who discouraged chatter in the theatre.
- The chatter was deafening as people mingled and circulated.
2(of monkeys) parloteo masculine(of birds) cotorreo masculine
- This shape is musical: along with typing in a nickname of her choice, each chatter is attributed a sound.
- I awoke in the real dead of night to the sounds of muffled chatter and hurried movements both in front and behind.
- The silence (other than the constant chatter of the television) is deadly.
- Suddenly, I heard the high-pitched chatter of a bat straight over my head.
- I could hear its chatter, a sound unlike anything one would expect from so majestic and powerful a bird.
- The constant shrilling chatter from the parrots and the growling sounds of the other animals would drive even me insane.
- They walked in silence for a while, the only sound was the occasional chatter of a squirrel as they passed too close to its nest and the muffled roar of the river off to their right.
- Now when dusk has settled on the camp again we can hear starling chatter.
- There's no noise from the street, and rarely a breeze, so their strange noises and chatter ping off the stone walls and right through my window.
- The song incorporates plenty of space effects; beeps, bleeps, buzzes and radio chatter.
- Once you're inside the busy airspace with constant radio chatter and direction, you can't be too effusive with your brief.
- The constant chatter coming from the television didn't seem to faze Andrea that night.
- I slow my pace as we walk on deeper into the woods where the ghost song is lost by the constant chatter of the squirrels and the chirping of the birds.
- Apart that is from the corridor to the toilets where a tape plays farmyard noises and birds' chatter.
3(of machine guns, typewriters)tableteo masculine
- The direct-drive AC spindle eliminates the use of gears or belts to drive the spindle and reduces vibration and chatter.