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

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Other Words from chatty

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

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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 These birds aren’t universally chatty, though: When asked to comment, the penguins did not respond. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Jackass Penguin Calls Follow Similar Rules to Human Speech," 7 Feb. 2020 The results haven’t been snappy viral hits but chatty, ten-minute-long sit-downs, big on familiarity and comic relief. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "“We’re in the Business of Stopping Thumbs”: NowThis News and the Politics of Social Video," 10 Oct. 2019 Republicans were fidgety and chatty on their side of the aisle, while Democrats appeared more serious and definitely not as talkative with their neighbors. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Sekulow objects ... to the brevity of Schumer's latest amendment?," 24 Jan. 2020 Producer Bryan Fuller launched his reboot as a delightfully gross riff on the vogue for chatty network-TV investigators, and then careened ecstatically into love-drunk nightmare territory. Darren Franich,, "The best TV shows of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019 The bright lights and chatty reporters didn't bother him at all. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Bloom Elementary student makes Hollywood debut in Oscar-buzz thriller 'Dark Waters'," 17 Dec. 2019 The students, who until that point had been chatty because their teacher wasn’t in the room, went silent. Sanam Yar, New York Times, "Tales From the Teenage Cancel Culture," 31 Oct. 2019 My guide and driver that day was the chatty son of a prominent Masbate rancher who had helped establish the province’s rodeo scene in the early 90s. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Chasing the American dream: I found my grandpa's slice of the Old West in the Philippines," 2 Dec. 2019 The quick-witted, chatty dialogue in Bombshell, written by Charles Randolph of The Big Short, reflects a newsroom where chauvinistic rhetoric was the norm—but the opening lines are soft blows compared to the rest of the movie. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Stilettos, Spanx, and Push-Up Bras: Bombshell Goes Inside the Fox News Wardrobe Closet," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of chatty

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Chatty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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

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