chat

verb
\ 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

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 app offers a variety of features including: Newsfeeds; private and open groups; fan and business pages; chat features for one to one and group chats; and disappearing content. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Parler's off-line, but CloutHub, Gab, MeWe and Rumble promoting apps as free speech zones," 15 Jan. 2021 Even after Watsa returned to Canada, Lin continued to chat with him over FaceTime at least once every two weeks in hopes of again feeling comfortable in his own skin. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why Jeremy Lin turned down millions in China to play for Warriors’ G League team," 15 Jan. 2021 Students might enjoy watching shows together with the Hulu Watch Party feature, which lets up to seven other subscribers gather and chat in real-time. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "New on Hulu: $1.99 deal gets students monthly subscription to the video streaming service," 12 Jan. 2021 Matt and Bri chat and make out and enjoy champagne. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "The Bachelor Season 25, Episode 2 Recap: Don’t You Know That You’re Toxic?," 11 Jan. 2021 But online forums and encrypted chat messages among far-right groups indicate a number of demonstrators might be planning more than chanting and waving signs. Washington Post, "Jan. 6 protests multiply as Trump continues to call supporters to Washington," 31 Dec. 2020 During the two-hour interrogation, police officers held printouts of his WeChat chat logs and read out parts that were critical of the Chinese leadership. Jing Yang, WSJ, "WeChat Becomes a Powerful Surveillance Tool Everywhere in China," 23 Dec. 2020 Melissa had allotted two hours for the party, thinking people would want to hang out and chat after the drawing, but no one turned on their microphones at all. Maura Judkis, Anchorage Daily News, "Enjoy these tales of awkwardness from Zoom holiday office parties," 23 Dec. 2020 Bickerstaff said the same in his postgame chat with reporters. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Darius Garland shows the growing pains of a young point guard," 15 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Everyone goes to bed shortly after, save for James and Elizabeth, who have a short chat by the hot tub. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Below Deck Recap: A Recipe For Drama," 19 Jan. 2021 Peloton forum also has a robust daily chat with new buyer woes. New York Times, "Peloton’s Rapid Rise Is Threatened by Its Slow Delivery," 17 Jan. 2021 Rivers and Simmons had a brief chat at shootaround, leaving the new Sixers coach to say everything was fine. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "Milton sparks 76ers past undermanned Heat 125-108," 14 Jan. 2021 Watch the trailer for The Check-In, a new video chat with me and comedian and artist Lisa Beasley. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "Picking Up the Pieces of Us," 10 Jan. 2021 During a virtual chat with ComicBook.com, the 32-year-old actor spoke candidly about whether or not fans of the beloved magical film series could ever see his character, Ron Weasley, return onscreen once more. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "Rupert Grint Reveals He Would 'Never Say Never' on Returning to the Harry Potter Universe," 31 Dec. 2020 Brendan has an emotional chat with his brother about the future. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'Bachelorette' recap: Tayshia makes devastating cut after contestant won't say 'I love you'," 16 Dec. 2020 Think: a caroling session with Idina Menzel or a chat with Kris Jenner on all things holiday decor. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Host the Perfect Virtual Holiday Celebration, According to Experts," 14 Dec. 2020 The list careens through all the hoppy, malty and fruit-forward possibilities; a quick chat with staff can lead to off-the-menu gems like a candy-tart cranberry sour ale from Oregon’s Cascade Brewing. Patricia Escárcega, Los Angeles Times, "Masks on, bottoms up: 10 places to pick up a drink in L.A.," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for chat

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The first known use of chat was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

25 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Chat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chat. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for chat

chat

verb
How to pronounce chat (audio)

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 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

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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