to grumble and find fault with. Derb.

A glossary of provincial and local words used in England. . 1790.

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  • gnatter — gnat·ter …   English syllables

  • gnatter — ˈnatə(r) verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: probably imitative transitive verb dialect Britain : nibble intransitive verb 1. dialect Britain …   Useful english dictionary

  • Knattern (studentisch) — Unter Knattern versteht man in der Studentensprache einen humorvollen bis offen beleidigenden rhetorischen Schlagabtausch zwischen Mitgliedern studentischer Verbindungen – bevorzugt zwischen solchen verschiedener Verbände und Weltanschauungen.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • natter — /nat euhr/, v.i. 1. to talk incessantly; chatter. n. 2. a conversation; chat. [1820 30; var. of earlier gnatter < ?] * * * …   Universalium

  • natter — (v.) grumble, chatter aimlessly, nag, 1829, northern England dialect variant of gnatter to chatter, grumble, earlier (18c.) to nibble away, probably of echoic origin. Related: Nattered; nattering. As a noun, 1866, from the verb …   Etymology dictionary

  • natter — nat•ter [[t]ˈnæt ər[/t]] v. i. 1) cvb to talk incessantly; chatter 2) cvb a conversation; chat • Etymology: 1820–30; earlier also gnatter, expressive v …   From formal English to slang

  • natter — /ˈnætə / (say natuh) verb (i) 1. to chatter; gossip. –noun 2. a chat; idle talk: *Had a long natter with the Head. –ellen bosworth, 1972. {Northern English dialect, from earlier gnatter to chatter, grumble. Compare Icelandic gnadda murmur} …   Australian English dictionary

  • natter — meaning ‘to chatter idly’, is largely confined to BrE. It seems to be an alteration of an earlier dialectal word gnatter, which is of uncertain origin but like natter bore the meaning ‘grumble’ …   Modern English usage

  • ghen- —     ghen     English meaning: to crack open, grind, scratch     Deutsche Übersetzung: “zernagen, zerreiben, kratzen”, also “Kleines, Bißchen”     Material: Only in den extensions ghnēgh : ghnǝgh , ghnǝd(h) , ghnei , ghneu . guttural extension… …   Proto-Indo-European etymological dictionary

  • natter — [nat′ər] vi. [var. of dial. gnatter < Gmc echoic base > ON gnata, to crash noisily & Ger knattern, to clatter] Chiefly Brit. 1. to chatter idly; talk on at length 2. to find fault; scold n. Chiefly Brit. a chat or talk …   English World dictionary

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