(British, dialect) To speak in a soft, indistinct manner, mutter.
* 2003 , J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , page 349:
(British, dialect) To grumble, complain.
* 1921 , David Herbert Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia (Penguins Classics),
- Ron continued to chunter under his breath all the way down the street.
- “Since she had another seat and was quite comfortable, we smiled and let her chunter .”
* “D. H. Lawrence gave a new lease on life to the verb to chunter'', ‘to mutter, complain’, labelled “''Obs.'' exc. ''dial''”, when he used it in ''Sea and Sardinia'' (1921)’,” ''Languages in Contact and Contrast: Essays in Contact Linguistics , by Vladimir Ivir, Damir Kalogjera, page 411 (