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chatter about someone or something

to talk idly and actively about someone or something. All the guests were chattering about something or other. People are chattering about you and Claire. Do you want to know what they are saying?
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chatter (away)

 (at someone or something)
1. Lit. to talk incessantly or noisily to or at someone or something. The parrot was chattering away at its reflection in the mirror. The kids were chattering away, Stop chattering at me!
2. Fig. [for a small animal, such as a squirrel] to try to scare off someone or something. The little squirrel chattered away at the crow. The crow came close and the squirrel chattered away again.

chatter from something

[for one's teeth] to shake noisily with a chill from the cold, the dampness, a fever, etc. My teeth were chattering from the extreme cold. It was a terrible illness. My teeth chattered from the chills that followed the fever.
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the chattering classes

  (British humorous)
educated people who like to discuss and give their opinions about political and social matters Football has recently become a trendy topic among the chattering classes.
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Traits characterizing girls include irritable (restless), offended, hate, weary, worrisome, intimate (hugs, kisses, misses), coward, giggler, and chatterer.
The four "boys" are: Norman, who loves doughnuts; Lucien, who lugs around a weighty pile of books he cannot read; Arnold, a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer with a persecution complex; and Barry, who fantasizes that he is a golf pro.
She puts this to good use, however, in such songs as "Schweig' einmal still," in which she chides her lover, "Do be quiet, you wretched chatterer .
What unlettered old Aunt Hagar in her "backwoods church" was rapping on was no "Negroid manifestation of something odd in western civilization," as Crouch's chatterer puts it.
47) Encouraging this crowd are the gossips who first spread the rumors about Mary's pregnancy: Symme Smalfeyth, Luce Lyere, Geffrey Gyle, and Gylle Fetyse (both representing guile or deception), Letyce Lytyltrust and Kytt Cakelere (a chatterer or gossip).
5) finishes tonight with the chubby chatterer golfing with '"super - agent" Mark McCormack.
She's a chatterer and I'm not, I was handy with jobs in the house and she was an expert at looking after the house.
I amknown to be a bit of a chatterer but it is only because I like talking to people and have them talk to me, of course, and also to hear about their treasured objects.
Lesley turned out to be a great chatterer and explained that previous owners always held an annual lobster fest at a pub which pulls in lots of locals.
Somehow one suspects internet chatterers who believe she was killed on the orders of the Royal Family will not be silenced by an inquest either, if it fails to confirm their views.
Etymology: Hindi badar monkey + log people; from the portrayal of the monkey race as chatterers and poseurs in the jungle stories of Rudyard Kipling died 1936 English writer--more at LOG
The last thing which the serried ranks of our New Class chatterers -- be they in our universities, our schools, our "welfare" agencies, our political parties (of all complexions) or our media -- will wish to acknowledge is that the House That Whitlam Built, and which they have been sedulously tending these past twenty-five or thirty years, is now falling into ruin.
The fourth pair of chatterers are two elderly widows (Sheila Reid and Sandra Voe) who take a bus to a funeral, which they rate in quality alongside others they've attended and are looking forward to.
More than 10 can be unwieldy, depending on the strength of the leader - there's a bit of force needed in the art of keeping talkers from dominating and chatterers from gossiping .
Yes we stopped a few conversations, wrong-footed a few chatterers who tried to walk through The Plank or gawp at it with heads between their knees.