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

The duo chatted about Fixer Upper (sorry folks, there's no plan for a new series), her (growing!) family, and her new cookbook Magnolia Table. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Joanna Gaines Welcomes Jenna Bush Hager into Her Waco Home," 16 May 2018 After a group hug with the students, Stephens chats with school administrators and then heads off to hit the court herself at the nearby StubHub Center. Vogue, "On and Off The Court—24 Hours with Sloane Stephens," 10 Dec. 2018 Over the years, they've been spotted chatting at various events, and even took an exotic vacation to Jordan together back in April. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice Had the Sweetest Reaction to Karlie Kloss's Engagement," 25 July 2018 Gadot stopped to chat and take photos with patients and staff. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Dressed as Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot surprises kids in children's hospital," 9 July 2018 Federal prosecutors said Haggerty connected with the Cleveland-area teenager on the social media app Kik in December 2016 and started chatting with her on Skype. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Canadian man sentenced for sexual exploitation crime against Cleveland area teen," 14 May 2018 Dorothy spent her spare time gardening, chit chatting with the locals, and serving on many boards and commissions, including the Marlborough ambulance, Parks and Recreation and the Democratic Town Committee. courant.com, "Dorothy Foley," 14 May 2018 Baker, who spends 35 minutes chatting with USA TODAY Sports after leaving the field, suddenly looks down at his cell phone. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Dusty Baker 'faces the music' as Nationals come to town, but can't forget the sour notes," 24 Apr. 2018 Also, who invents these holidays? Kaitlyn and Ashley chat with one of their producers, Bridget Armstrong, and her family to get their take on hashtag holidays and their Facebook posts about them. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "People participate in hashtag holidays if they feel a personal connection," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The setting, the Terrace at the Sunset Tower Hotel, provided the perfect de facto clubhouse for Vogue100 to launch in elegance and chat about all things red carpet, among florals from Lily Lodge. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "The Vogue100 Hosts an Intimate, Post-Golden Globes Lunch," 8 Jan. 2019 Thomas has a brief chat session with Santa via the Minitel, inviting him to come to his house that night. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Dial Code: Santa Claus is our new favorite holiday cult classic," 24 Dec. 2018 Apply to programs like Qkids to teach English to kids in China via video chat or Skype. Alessandra Puccio /, NBC News, "Finding your (hidden) value," 13 July 2018 Others have suggested filming inspections and conducting live video chats during animal procedures. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "‘A cataclysmic wake-up call’: Can more candor win back support for animal research?," 26 June 2018 Get all eight right, and Meghan might just have to add you to her group chat for real. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Could You Be Best Friends With Meghan Markle?," 16 Aug. 2018 This is one of the lighter anecdotes Amanda shared in her chat with Paper, which outlined her former substance abuse issues and eyebrow-raising behavior that made her tabloid fodder in 2013. Christopher Rosa, Teen Vogue, "Amanda Bynes "Fought" to Get Channing Tatum in "She's the Man" Based on a Mountain Dew Ad," 27 Nov. 2018 An influx of pressing work emails. 97 unread texts from your friend group chat. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why an Old-School Alarm Clock—Not a Smartphone—Is the Secret to a Better Night’s Sleep," 10 Nov. 2018 That and other questions were asked in our weekly Tuesday Seahawks chat. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Mailbag: Could Seattle make a move before the trade deadline? Is Doug Baldwin ready for a big season half?," 23 Oct. 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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The first known use of chat was in the 15th century

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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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