Definition of chitter in English:


intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Make a twittering or chattering sound.

    ‘With wide brimmed hats and skin slippery with sun block, they chittered and chattered like sparrows, as they frolicked in their favourite spot.’
    • ‘One of the tiny bat-creatures chittered nervously from the darkness.’
    • ‘Not singing as they did in the spring, they were nevertheless chirping, chucking and chittering as they gleaned seeds and insects.’
    • ‘The goldfinches chittered and sang like drunken canaries and once in a thunderstorm a barred owl blundered into that fake crystal chandelier she had always detested.’
    • ‘I let out a few screams when one flapped their wings and chittered and cheeped at me.’
    • ‘Mushing together some of Yoko Ono's classic toothy chitter, some lethargic piano, and haphazard sound tweaking, it's topped off by weary chants and hand drums.’
    • ‘Suddenly a chidit, Joqual, dropped into view next to him, hanging upside-down with its fur fluffed out, chittering at me in high-speed animal speak.’
    • ‘Even just before dusk, there were only a scant few Chickadees chittering about, and they were making their soft chirping calls, rather than their usual brassy ones.’
    • ‘I sighed, but then looked to the side and saw Spider dancing atop Mr. Evets' head, laughing his head off and chittering away like the insane little thing he is.’
    • ‘The banshees had arrived soon after, descending upon the gnome village, buzzing and chittering in the language of the viciously insane.’
    • ‘They came grunting and chittering, snarling and slobbering.’
    • ‘The creature got a big smile and leapt forward, grabbing her shirt and swinging around onto her shoulders, chittering happily.’
    • ‘She ducked her head, dodging away and chittering again.’
    • ‘My fiancé and I, being dorks, were chittering about whether the animals shown in the opening sequence have any real significance on the fighting style.’
    • ‘She fiddled with them, chittering to herself, then grinned.’
    • ‘Alanna begins to stroke Kugarine absently, as she rubbed against Alanna's side, chittering gently.’
    • ‘He began chittering at them, trying to get them to do his bidding.’
    • ‘Squirrels were leaping and cavorting after each other, rocking the boughs, chittering in jubilee.’
    • ‘High up in their canopies flyers leapt from branch to branch, chittering and squeaking at the intruders below.’
    • ‘Zeke shrugged, and as they went out the door, they heard the intercom chittering.’
    chirp, chirrup, cheep, tweet, peep, chitter, chatter, trill, warble, sing
    chirp, chirping, chirrup, chirruping, cheep, cheeping, tweet, tweeting, peep, peeping, chitter, chittering, trill, trilling, warble, warbling



/ˈCHidər/ /ˈtʃɪdər/


Middle English imitative; compare with chatter.