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chat

verb \ ˈchat \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of chat

chatted; chatting
intransitive verb
2 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 in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of chat from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of chat

Middle English chatten, short for chatteren

chat Synonyms

Synonyms
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
Related Words
gossip, tattle; descant, discuss, expatiate; yak (also yack), yammer, yap
Near Antonyms
articulate, enunciate, pronounce

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chat

noun

Definition of chat

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

  1. We enjoyed a chat over coffee.

  2. software used for e-mail and chat

Recent Examples of chat from the Web

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First Known Use of chat

1530



CHAT Defined for English Language Learners

chat

verb

Definition of chat for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of chat for English Language Learners

  • : a light and friendly conversation

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


CHAT Defined for Kids

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chat

verb \ ˈchat \

Definition of chat for Students

chatted; chatting
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

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chat

noun

Definition of chat for Students

1 : a light friendly conversation
2 : a talk held over the Internet by people using a chat room


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