chitter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chitter make high-pitched sounds, as of birds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chitter To chirp in a tremulous manner, as a bird.
    • Chitter To shiver or chatter with cold.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chitter To chirp; twitter.
    • chitter To shiver; shake, as with cold.
    • chitter To chatter.
    • n chitter In coalmining, a seam of coal separated from another by a thin band of shale or clay.
    • n chitter A thin stratum of clay ironstone.
    • n chitter The chattering or twittering of birds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Chitter chit′ėr (Scot.) to shiver
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Chatter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Chatter.

Usage

In literature:

The canary bird chittered occasionally.
"McTeague" by Frank Norris
From the direction of the ticket window, Presley heard the unsteady chittering of the telegraph key.
"The Octopus" by Frank Norris
Then, from the trees over our heads, came a chittering and a chattering such as I had never heard.
"The Crossing" by Winston Churchill
Close beside him a little brown bird chittered briskly and flew away into the dawn.
"The Flying U's Last Stand" by B. M. Bower
Fatty Melcher and Caw-caw Harding, Chitter Robinson and Medo Thurston helped saw some more wood.
"The Real Diary of a Real Boy" by Henry A. Shute
Thinks I, 'She's wiggles and chitters.
"Miss Lulu Bett" by Zona Gale
King paid about as much attention to him as he would to a good-sized prairie-dog chittering beside its burrow.
"The Range Dwellers" by B. M. Bower
He was conscious of the chitter of insects, but no animals lingered here.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
What ghost Has given you a gliff, and set you chittering?
"Krindlesyke" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
They was chitter-chatterin' plottin' to blow us all to smithereens!
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
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In poetry:

It rase frae 'mang my verra feet,
I cou'dna steer frae whaur I stude,
It set my verra hair on en,'
An' grue't an' chitter't thro' my bluid.
"The Greetin' Bairn" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Force the chittering, self-serving partisans in Washington who increasingly prefer filibusters over floor votes to watch Lincoln.
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