chat·​ty | \ ˈcha-tē How to pronounce chatty (audio) \
chattier; chattiest

Definition of chatty

1 : fond of chatting : talkative a chatty neighbor
2 : having the style and manner of light familiar conversation a chatty letter

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from chatty

chattily \ ˈcha-​tə-​lē How to pronounce chattily (audio) \ adverb
chattiness \ ˈcha-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce chattiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for chatty



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of chatty in a Sentence

a chatty book about his life in politics a time when campers were expected to write a chatty letter to their folks every week
Recent Examples on the Web Bregman presents his findings in a chatty, engaging style that evokes Malcolm Gladwell. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Humans are a (mostly) kind species. A Dutch historian offers proof.," 11 June 2020 No to the Zoom call with that chatty Cathy acquaintance. Karen Karbo,, "The 3 Questions That Make Saying “No” Easier," 20 May 2020 Ward directs every episode and finds moments of religious astonishment alongside gloopy horror, all of it served with chatty humanism and palpable sweetness. Darren Franich,, "The Midnight Gospel is a heartfelt cosmic masterpiece: Review," 7 May 2020 But on these accusations, the otherwise chatty figures are mum. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "A Chinese propaganda video mocks America’s response to the coronavirus crisis," 2 May 2020 After Thompson left, costar Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk) joined, and things really devolved into a chatty video hangout. Los Angeles Times, "Taika Waititi reveals ‘Thor’ sequel secrets — sort of," 13 Apr. 2020 The chat can go on for as long as the chattiest participant wants to blab on. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, "The Joy—and Exhaustion—of Nonstop Video Chatting: a Guide," 25 Mar. 2020 At a nearby pharmacy counter, the chatty clerk, who usually spends the day exchanging horror stories about the president with his like-minded customers, says no one wants to talk — not politics, not sports, nothing. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "Life in the time of coronavirus: Anxious Americans pivot to new routines," 14 Mar. 2020 The concierge was always the best person in the building—that’s the job: to be chatty yet hyper-organized, seamlessly navigating 60 people’s needs at once, like an orchestra conductor. Matt Thompson, The Atlantic, "Surviving This Pandemic Isn’t Enough," 10 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chatty.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of chatty

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about chatty

Time Traveler for chatty

Time Traveler

The first known use of chatty was in 1756

See more words from the same year

Statistics for chatty

Last Updated

20 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chatty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for chatty


How to pronounce chatty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chatty

: tending to talk a lot : fond of chatting
: having an informal style that is similar to friendly speech


chat·​ty | \ ˈcha-tē How to pronounce chatty (audio) \
chattier; chattiest

Kids Definition of chatty

1 : tending to talk a lot :
2 : having the style and manner of friendly conversation a chatty letter

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on chatty

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for chatty

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with chatty

Spanish Central: Translation of chatty

Nglish: Translation of chatty for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of chatty for Arabic Speakers

Comments on chatty

What made you want to look up chatty? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!