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From Middle English chiteron.


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.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for chitter in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)