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natter

[nat-er] /ˈnæt ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to talk incessantly; chatter.
noun
2.
a conversation; chat.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; variant of earlier gnatter < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for nattering

natter

/ˈnætə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to talk idly and at length; chatter or gossip
noun
2.
prolonged idle chatter or gossip
Derived Forms
natterer, noun
Word Origin
C19: changed from gnatter to grumble, of imitative origin; compare Low German gnatteren
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Word Origin and History for nattering

natter

v.

"grumble, chatter aimlessly, nag," 1829, northern England dialect variant of gnatter "to chatter, grumble," earlier (18c.) "to nibble away," probably of echoic origin. Related: Nattered; nattering. As a noun, 1866, from the verb.

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