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 Spinning in orbit 260 miles above, Parmitano chatted about life in space with Kyvat and Gasly, in Italian and French respectively. Anna Fletcher, CNN, "F1 duo starstruck by astronauts' 'mission for the good of humanity'," 5 Nov. 2019 In another, Zuberi is chatting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Trump Tower days after Trump is inaugurated. CBS News, "Mega donor to both Trump and Democrats to plead guilty to hiding work as foreign agent," 23 Oct. 2019 Seventeen chatted with makeup artists for their best advice for freckle-faced girls. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "11 Makeup Tips Every Girl With Freckles Should Know," 16 Oct. 2019 Paul Rudd, otherwise known as Mike Hannigan, who chatted about his time on the show during an appearance on the U.K.'s Graham Norton Show, as the Independent reports. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Paul Rudd Revealed an Awkward Moment With Jennifer Aniston After Filming the Last Episode of 'Friends'," 15 Oct. 2019 Arthur, who chats with Sophie for a moment, becomes obsessed with her and fantasizes about a romantic relationship with her. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Joker” Is a Viewing Experience of Rare, Numbing Emptiness," 3 Oct. 2019 For more from the cast of The Politician — including Lucy Boynton, Julia Schlaepfer, Theo Germaine and Rahne Jones, who also chatted with THR In Studio — watch the video above. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Politician' Cast on Working With Hollywood Vets Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange and More," 30 Sep. 2019 While waiting in line, Lisa Gregg of Orlando, Florida, chatted with her sister Missy Hahn and friends. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Union Mills Homestead sees ‘awesome’ turnout for Maryland Microbrewery Festival," 28 Sep. 2019 Also in attendance were the breakout stars of Stranger Things Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton, who chatted at their table with Nina Dobrev. Vogue, "In Paris, Bella Hadid, Paloma Elsesser, and More Celebrated Dior’s Latest Lipstick Launch with Jorja Smith," 25 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet for Gary Voorhis, Jason Turner, P.J. Hughes, Ryan Weigelt, and Kevin Day—assembled together in a private group chat by Popular Mechanics—something much bigger ties them together beyond simply serving in the U.S. Navy. Tim Mcmillan, Popular Mechanics, "The Witnesses," 12 Nov. 2019 Locksley used to connect with Haskins every Monday and go through film of Maryland’s offense over video chat. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Justin Fields, Joe Burrow could have seen futures changed by Maryland coach Mike Locksley," 5 Nov. 2019 In the chat, Forkner mentions signing some DRs, or Discrepancy Reports. Author: Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, "Boeing’s defense of 737 MAX flight-control system in wake of pilot messages stands up," 22 Oct. 2019 The political party that prides itself as the only major party taking part in a seven-hour marathon chat on climate change currently has, by way of front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Next Standing Rock Is Everywhere," 7 Oct. 2019 But complaints about the refs, especially from the fan of a football team that stinks, will be tolerated in this chat … with profuse laughter. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Lunch Special: Is it too early to call Noah Fant a first-round bust for the Broncos?," 23 Sep. 2019 According to court documents, Smith also mentioned O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, in a chat with an undercover FBI agent on September 20. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "US soldier reportedly wanted to target media, Beto O’Rourke," 23 Sep. 2019 According to records, Mixton posted several images and videos of child pornography in the group chat and sent the detective additional images in personal messages. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizonans have a right to privacy online, court rules," 31 July 2019 After days of protests over homophobic, sexist, and racist messages in a chat he was found to be a member of, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló finally agreed to step down last night. Fortune, "The Disturbing World of Deepfakes: The Broadsheet," 25 July 2019

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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

15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Chat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chatted. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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