verb \ˈchat\

: to talk with someone in a casual way

: to talk over the Internet by sending messages back and forth in a chat room


Full Definition of CHAT

intransitive verb
a :  to talk in an informal or familiar manner
b :  to take part in an online discussion in a chat room
transitive verb
chiefly British :  to talk to; especially :  to talk lightly, glibly, or flirtatiously with —often used with up

Examples of CHAT

  1. We chatted about our plans for the summer.
  2. called him up to chat
  3. She stayed up all night chatting with her friends online.

Origin of CHAT

Middle English chatten, short for chatteren
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to CHAT

babble, blab, cackle, chaffer [British], chatter, chin [slang], converse, gab, gabble, gas, jabber, jaw, kibitz (also kibbitz), natter, palaver, patter, prate, prattle, rap, rattle, run on, schmooze (or shmooze), talk, twitter, visit, blow smoke, chew the fat (also chew the rag), shoot the breeze, talk a blue streak



: a light and friendly conversation

: a talk held over the Internet by people using a chat room

Full Definition of CHAT

:  idle small talk :  chatter
:  light informal or familiar talk; especially :  conversation
[imitative] :  any of several songbirds (as of the genera Cercomela, Granatellus, or Icteria)
:  online discussion in a chat room; also :  an instance of such discussion <participate in computer chats>

Examples of CHAT

  1. We enjoyed a chat over coffee.
  2. software used for e-mail and chat

First Known Use of CHAT



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