chat

verb
\ˈchat \
chatted; chatting

Definition of chat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

2a : 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

chat

noun

Definition of chat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : idle small talk : chatter

2 : light informal or familiar talk especially : conversation

3 [ imitative ] : any of several songbirds (as of the genera Cercomela, Granatellus, or Icteria)

4 : online discussion in a chat room also : an instance of such discussion participate in computer chats

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Examples of chat in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

We enjoyed a chat over coffee. software used for e-mail and chat
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At one point, Calhoun, longtime assistant George Blaney and their former point guard Taliek Brown, back at UConn as part of Hurley’s staff, stood together and chatted. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: The Bond Of Dee And Ginny Rowe Was The Bond For Countless Communities, A UConn Family," 12 July 2018 Una Mullally, a writer and supporter of the Repeal the 8th campaign, also attended the party and chatted with Markle about the vote. refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle Breaks Royal Protocol By Speaking About Ireland's Abortion Vote," 11 July 2018 On the latest Chart Beat Podcast, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson talk Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin's new No. 1 and chat with WNEW (Fresh 102.7) New York's Mike Adam about radio in 2018 and interviewing Kanye West and Barack Obama. Xander Zellner, Billboard, "13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: A Lot to 'Like,' as Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin Hit No. 1 on Hot 100," 7 July 2018 As Elle points out, at that Wimbledon match, she was photographed chatting with Ralph Lauren PR rep Violet von Westenholz, who was the person to eventually set her up with her future husband. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Just Made Their First Solo Appearance Together at Wimbledon," 14 July 2018 Across Russia for the last month, fans (and journalists) have used translation apps for everything: asking for directions, chatting with taxi drivers, getting slightly nerve-racking haircuts, checking into hotels, making friends, even flirting. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Google Translate World Cup," 13 July 2018 In his inimitable fashion, Musk started tossing out fresh ideas for ways to free the boys, chatting with his followers. Wendy Dent, WIRED, "The Engineering Behind Elon Musk's Bid to Save Thailand's Cave Boys," 11 July 2018 Balfe was joined by fellow Irish actors Moe Dunford (Vikings) and Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) while chatting with Prince Harry. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Meets Outlander's Caitriona Balfe in Ireland," 11 July 2018 Armstrong was his usual charismatic self, swinging his microphone stand to the side to make room for incoming crowd-surfers and gamely chatting with fans between songs. Zack Ruskin, SFChronicle.com, "Billie Joe Armstrong performs as the Longshot, celebrates punk roots at sold-out homecoming show," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Texas Tech is investigating whether the chat's participants violated codes of conduct, according to KCBD. Crystal Hill, star-telegram, "‘Let them die’: Texas frat drops members after ‘hateful’ messages about immigrants, officials say," 25 June 2018 The table where the chat took place (Photo: Richard Ruelas) Our waiter showed me the table. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Visiting the London wine bar that popped the cork on the Trump investigation," 22 June 2018 Fans can submit questions during the chat and in advance. Indianapolis Star, "#BookmarkThis with Sarah Jessica Parker & author Fatima Farheen Mirza," 30 May 2018 Last September, Pan and Zeilinger used this approach to set up the first intercontinental video chat to be secured in part with a quantum key. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Has Arrived (and It Hasn’t)," 16 Feb. 2018 One unnamed project came from a researcher’s NPR interview: Someone at X was listening and asked her to come in for a chat. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 O’Connell had a long chat about basketball with Bird, who was famously reticent about speaking with the media. Paul Montella, The Seattle Times, "AP college basketball writer Jim O’Connell dead at age 64," 2 July 2018 Adrian Tomine, Nick Drnaso, Chris Ware, and Hillary Chute, 1:30 PM Three great comics creators and one great comics scholar sit down for a chat. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books It's time once again for the two-day book bonanza that's the Printer's Row Lit Fest," 8 June 2018 Football coach Randy Edsall dropped by for a good 45-minute chat. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Dan Hurley Faces UConn Challenge Head On: 'I Didn't Come Here To Struggle'," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of chat

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chat

Verb

Middle English chatten, short for chatteren

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More Definitions for chat

chat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to talk with someone in a casual way

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

chat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chat (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light and friendly conversation

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

chat

verb
\ˈchat \
chatted; chatting

Kids Definition of chat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to talk in a friendly way about things that are not serious

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

chat

noun

Kids Definition of chat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a light friendly conversation

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

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