\ 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 Instead, behind-the-scenes folks will be there to chat up their roles in the production. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2022 Watch Selena Gomez chat about Britney Spears’ wedding below. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 17 June 2022 Last year, WhatsApp announced a new feature allowing users to transfer chat history when switching from iPhone to Android. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 15 June 2022 Some of the creators profit from crowdfunding, ads attached to their YouTube videos despite policies barring monetization, and chat functions that allow users to donate during livestreams. Brandy Zadrozny, NBC News, 8 June 2022 Bucolic marathons are held in spring, with people running up and down the vineyards and then relaxing at the little piazza where villagers once met to chat in the evenings after working in the fields. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 8 June 2022 Mike Tindall, who is married to the queen's granddaughter Zara, revealed on a recent podcast chat that his children and their cousins were on a sugar high during the festivities. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 8 June 2022 And check out PCMag's Twitter on June 10 at 12 p.m. EST to participate in a live Twitter Spaces chat! Jordan Minor, PCMAG, 8 June 2022 There is only enough time to wolf down dinner, chat a little with the family, plop on the couch, mindlessly watch a Netflix series or your favorite sports team, then go to bed, only to get back on the hamster wheel the next day. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Earlier this year, Country Living had a chat with ACM Award winner Lainey Wilson about her blossoming career in the country music industry, including being asked to perform for the season 4 finale of Yellowstone. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 16 June 2022 Others who joined in our online chat favored a hard deadline, after which the fetus could not be aborted. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 11 June 2022 In her chat with THR, Chong discussed turning pain into strength and using all those emotions to better capture the complexities of La’an, all the while developing a new appreciation for the lessons of Star Trek. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 However, before things got started, Esposito had a little chat with the moderator about his life experiences, offering some advice to the audience from his own life about the value of being passionate about things. Amanda Kondolojy, Orlando Sentinel, 20 May 2022 After dipping into a curtsy to greet him, the Spice Girls member had a chat with the royal. Stephanie Petit,, 5 May 2022 In a late episode, Carville has a chat with Tucker Carlson and thanks him for babysitting his kids before his appearance on Crossfire. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 But Guch, who also had a chat with men’s volleyball coach Ray Green, will be a rare two-sport athlete in college by playing volleyball as well. Jeff Vorva,, 30 Mar. 2022 Bumgarner had a brief chat with the home-plate umpire at one point during his start on Sunday. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 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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\ 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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