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verb [intransitive] British informal     chunter pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlechuntering
past tensechuntered
past participlechuntered
  1. 1
    to talk for a long time about something that other people do not find interesting
    chunter on:

    He chuntered on for several minutes about the work of the charity.

  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to to talk in a rambling and tedious way about something

    I have chuntered on elsewhere about what the rules are.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 05/06/2013
  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to move along slowly and noisily

    I'm sitting on the German ICE train chuntering its way between Leipzig and Bremen.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 05/06/2013

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a symbol named after King Adinkra, used in West Africa in fabric and on other items

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