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


(intransitive) to talk idly and at length; chatter or gossip
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



"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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