chatterer

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chatter +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

chatterer (plural chatterers)

  1. A person who chatters; a chatterbox.
    • 1845, Marie Joseph Eugène Sue, The Mysteries of Paris
      Yes, I am a chatterer, indeed, to interrupt you so often, Monsieur.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VI, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      “I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, [] the chlorotic squatters on huge yachts, the speed-mad fugitives from the furies of ennui, the neurotic victims of mental cirrhosus, []!”
    • 1951, C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian, Collins, 1998, Chapter 6,
      Indeed the difficulty was to get him to stop talking, for, like all squirrels, he was a chatterer.
  2. Any of several passerine birds, mostly from South America; especially the cotingas.
    • 1832, John Timbs, Knowledge for the People
      Why is the variegated chatterer of South America also called the bell-bird?
    • 1846, Henry Leonard Meyer, Coloured illustrations of British birds and their eggs
      The flight of the Chatterer bears much resemblance to that of the starling.

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