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

Many of his grays have been rescued, like this parrot chatting me up in Zulu. National Geographic, "This Popular Parrot 'Talks' Like Us. But We're Silencing It.," 21 May 2018 Traditionally, a porch is the welcoming introduction to a home and a place where people gather to chat, sip an icy glass of tea in the summer and watch the world of the neighborhood go by. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Menu at Porch, Louisville's newest downtown hit, 'speaks to everyone'," 15 May 2018 For about 20 minutes, the two chit-chatted, talking about the Colony Hotel. William Thornton, AL.com, "Alabama bride got wedding day advice from Barbara Bush," 18 Apr. 2018 Find a cozy seat in the airy open courtyard and chat over a plate of burrata, tomato and garlic bread slices ($21). Gwendolyn Purdom, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: 'Window' shopping at 3 Arts Club Cafe then strolling and dinner at The Vig," 13 Apr. 2018 Pioneer Press recently chatted with McLaughlin, who talked about her numerous interests in the community and her plans for the future. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Megan McLaughlin, a 2018 Prospect High School grad who helped a nonprofit during her birthday," 12 July 2018 While visiting Croke Park in Dublin, the pair chatted with young athletes in the stadium—and a couple of tiny fans got to do more than talk to the royal pair. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kids Couldn't Keep Their Hands Off of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Ireland," 11 July 2018 Health recently had the chance to catch up with the influencer at PopSugar Playground and chatted with her about everything from eating well to having a healthy mindset. Rebecca Shinners, Health.com, "The Surprising Thing Kayla Itsines Says You Should Do If You Want Stronger Abs," 10 July 2018 After passing out plenty of sugar and hats, taking some selfies and signing some autographs, O'Neal chatted with The Crossover to talk the state of the Lakers, LeBron James and, of course, chocolate. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Shaquille O'Neal Q&A: LeBron James's Big Move, the Lakers and More," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But enough chit-chat: Ahead, do yourself a favor and check out Jackie Aina's chic-as-hell bathroom. Ami Sioux, Allure, "Jackie Aina Gave Us a Glimpse of Her Luxe Bathroom In an Exclusive Video," 25 Sep. 2018 If a friend drops a link to a funny meme from a private page into a group chat, only those who already follow the page will be able to see it. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Why Some of Instagram's Biggest Memers Are Locking Their Accounts," 12 July 2018 At one point, Emily Kim is even able to force herself, via video chat, into Calhoun’s feed. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Bandwidth is the techno-thriller novel that we need right now," 6 May 2018 The chats, held in a local restaurant or coffee shop, are from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The town hall meetings are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The sessions will be held in each of the School Board's nine districts. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Public invited to talk with Jefferson schools leader over coffee, at forums," 24 Apr. 2018 It was decided later in a football group chat, that Griffin would start the page due to his social media presence (@NolimitGriffin). Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Ladonnis Griffin's biggest play ever at Lakota West was a GoFundMe page," 12 July 2018 On Thursday, Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec penned a letter updating students and staff on the actions being taken against a group of fraternity members caught writing violent and racist messages in a group chat. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Tech president says 'repulsive and racist rhetoric' by students is free speech," 5 July 2018 In a quick chat before my energy reading, Lauri London Freedman, head of product development at the Whitney, told me the presentation was, in part, what made her want to bring Spellbound Sky to the museum. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "Unfortunately, I Love Crystals Now," 22 June 2018 Below, some guidelines for matrimony media covering the entire wedding season; best to follow these or risk ending up as a screenshot in a group chat of Mean Girls—who secretly just want to be invited to your wedding! Hayley Bloomingdale, Vogue, "Wedding Season Instagram Rules: Tips for Posting Before, During, and After," 31 May 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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