chittering


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chit·ter

 (chĭt′ər)
intr.v. chit·tered, chit·ter·ing, chit·ters
To twitter or chatter, as a bird.

[Middle English chiteren, of imitative origin.]
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chittering

(ˈtʃɪtərɪŋ)
n
a chirping noise
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Seven minutes later, the chimney erupted with departing birds, chittering loudly and ready for another day of feeding on the wing.
That wasn't entirely a bad thing; the upside was that the noise levels are ratcheted up down there and the chittering, chattering, clinking and clanking always make for a lively, social atmosphere on a busy night.
If he was out the front he'd have been chittering away to you.
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