chitter

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English chiteron.

Verb[edit]

chitter (third-person singular simple present chitters, present participle chittering, simple past and past participle chittered)

  1. 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.
  2. (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?

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