Definition of chunter in English:



[no object]British informal
  • 1Talk or grumble monotonously.

    ‘she chuntered on about her problems’
    • ‘This, remember, is the figure who won the British Amateur at Troon last month, and who chuntered on about how pivotal his car had been in the victory, having provided him with a comfortable place to soak up his classical music.’
    • ‘McGrath just chunters away like the worst kind of hectoring mother-in-law.’
    • ‘As I left, she was chuntering away to the next customer about the crazy people she has to deal with during the day and how we make her life an absolute misery.’
    • ‘Should I keep chuntering on about it on my website on a daily basis until everyone stops feeling sorry for me?’
    • ‘You don't hear yourself telling your entire life story yet again, or listen as they chunter on about theirs.’
    • ‘Last night the ones who were chuntering about ‘robbery’ were not the home players.’
    • ‘But, really, I can only laugh when he chunters on about women's purpose being to give men pleasure.’
    • ‘Within six months of joining Dundee from West Ham United in March 2001, he was already chuntering on about stepping up to a bigger club.’
    • ‘Whenever she rings me and gets the answerphone, by the time it kicks in she is usually still chuntering on about it being ‘one of these damned answer things’, usually followed by a statement about how much she hates them.’
    • ‘Anything less and those anonymous FA board members will be chuntering on about overpaid coaches and under-achieving players again.’
    • ‘All there is is my computer, sitting there, staring at me every time I dare to do something inessential like, say, eat, and chuntering about the amount of words that I have to write.’
    • ‘We chunter through each day, grumbling, griping and groaning.’
    • ‘He chunters on about ‘outreach’ schemes - which have been in place for years, with patchy results - to encourage state pupils, and how a cursory glance round hall proves the college is not ‘mono-class’.’
    • ‘The more cynical ‘youngsters’ (me, my sister, brother and husband included) will remain in the dining room chuntering about the royals being an unnecessary expense and a general pain in the backside.’
    • ‘I'm now torn between stopping and researching, and chuntering on - I think I'll chunter on just making things up, and then do my research on the way to the next draft, and fix things then.’
    • ‘Naturalistic it isn't; Parker has introduced some fanciful set - pieces that have had purists chuntering like warhorses.’
    • ‘As it is, when I'm working from home, terrestrial television is often chuntering in the corner, quietly dictating the order of the day.’
    • ‘On radio I can chunter on making pictures, and people follow your thoughts and go with you, that's what's wonderful about it.’
    • ‘Presented in his typically unsentimental and pared-down prose, the train of Mistry's narrative is most assured and convincing as it chunters slowly, but comfortably, along the mainline.’
    • ‘Mostly they chunter their piece, hoping for no errors in pronunciation.’
    talk, gossip, chatter, chitter-chatter, speak, converse, have a conversation, engage in conversation, tittle-tattle, prattle, jabber, jibber-jabber, babble, prate, go on, run on
  • 2with adverbial of direction Move along slowly and noisily.

    ‘the car came chuntering up the track’
    • ‘While most of the big cruise ships passed in the night, occasionally one would chunter past by day, its passengers looking down at us and we up at them.’
    talk at length, ramble, rattle on, talk on and on, carry on talking, chatter, prattle, prate, gabble, maunder, blether, blather, twitter


Late 17th century probably imitative.