\ ˈchat How to pronounce chat (audio) \
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



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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On one of the latest episodes of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Kelly invited The Chicks to chat about their new album, Gaslighter, which was partially inspired by the group's divorces. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 11 June 2022 Employees wearing Colonial-style garb are happy to chat about life in Boston in 1773, adding to the motif. Pamela Wright,, 17 May 2022 The singer-songwriter stopped by The Kelly Clarkson Show on Tuesday (May 17) to chat about her new greatest hits album, Sheryl, which accompanies a new Showtime documentary of the same name about Crow that premiered at South by Southwest on March 1. Fred Sahai, Billboard, 17 May 2022 That means being very clear upfront about how the team should work together and encouraging people to chat about their out-of-office interests and pastimes. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2022 As the ladies and Andy paused for a break later in the episode, Lisa asked Meredith to chat. Nicholas Rice,, 6 Mar. 2022 The two women began to chat and were joined by a correctional officer. Amanda Rabines, Orlando Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2022 Instead of fighting back, most of these retail fashion leaders tend to chat about being good corporate citizens or about how their respective companies are reacting to new laws (that clearly disrupt their day-to-day operations). Rick Helfenbein, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 There’s lots of seating around the original fireplace in the lobby and guests who are happy to chat. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The messaging app currently tells everyone in the chat that someone has left. Joseph Pisani, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2022 Voicemail-to-text, team chat, and document sharing are all included in the service. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 Netflix continues to offer three customer support options: phone support by country; online chat through its website; and calling Netflix from the streamer’s apps for Android or iOS phones or tablets. Todd Spangler, Variety, 20 July 2022 Intelligent chat that mimics human interaction can allow someone to resolve issues or get help with products and services digitally, in a faster, more convenient way, outside of business hours. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Pete Davidson has entered the Kardashian–Jenner chat. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 July 2022 Many online games have game chat in competitive tournaments, like Fortnite, League of Legends, Overwatch, FIFA and so many more. Adam Rumanek, Rolling Stone, 6 June 2022 Friday when she got alerted by a residential group chat that there was water flooding elevators and the stairwell. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 June 2022 The special guests of the evening chat with ESSENCE on the carpet to share their interpretations on "eCreative Black Tie"e. Essence, 27 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of chat


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


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chat


Middle English chatten, short for chatteren

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“Chat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for chat


\ ˈchat How to pronounce chat (audio) \
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



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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