(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. clatter, chatter, clack; babble, prattle, gabble, jabber; fluster, befuddle, upset. See loudness, music, inattention.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. clatter, shaking, patter, noise, racket, rattling, din, knock, clack, clank, roll, rumble, drumming, pitapat, ratatat; see also noise 1 .
1. [To make a rattling sound]
Syn. clatter, drum, clack, knock; see sound 1 .
2. [*To talk rapidly and incessantly]
Syn. chatter, run on, prattle; see babble .
3. [*To disconcert]
Syn. confuse, discompose, put out, unnerve; see confuse , disturb 2 , embarrass 1 .
See Synonym Study at embarrass .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
clatter, vibrate, jangle, clink, clang, clank, knock, jiggle, bang.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To make or cause to make a succession of short, sharp sounds: brattle, chatter, clack, clatter. See SOUNDS. 2. To talk volubly, persistently, and usually inconsequentially. Also used with on: babble, blabber, chatter, chitchat, clack, jabber, palaver, prate, prattle, run on. Informal: go on, spiel. Slang: gab, gas, jaw, yak. Idioms: run off at the mouth, shoot the breeze (or bull). See WORDS. 3. Informal To impair or destroy the composure of: agitate, bother, discompose, disquiet, distract, disturb, flurry, fluster, perturb, rock, ruffle, shake (up), toss, unsettle, upset. See CALM.

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