From Middle English chiteron.
chitter (third-person singular simple present chitters, present participle chittering, simple past and past participle chittered)
- To make a series of high-pitched sounds; to twitter, chirp or chatter.
- It was a beautifully sunny day and beetles could be heard chittering loudly in the rose garden by the side of the path made out of antique bricks.
- (obsolete, Scotland) To shiver or chatter with cold.
1786, Burns, Robert, A Winter Night:
- Whare wilt thou cower thy chittering wing, / An' close thy e'e?