Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 12 17:10:18 UTC 2013

OED has a separate entry for this meaning of chatter (n.2), but it's
marked "obsolete".

>   One who chats; a gossip.


On 8/12/2013 12:57 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:
> That's not the same word, though: "chat" + productive agentive suffix
> "-er", rather than lexical noun "chatter" incorporating repetitive "-er"
> and referring to an activity or the noise produced by it.
> Mark Mandel

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