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

Synonyms & Antonyms for chatty


chattery, colloquial, conversational, dishy, gossipy, newsy


bookish, literary

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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

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When a typically chatty employee who often participates in meetings and is engaged and enthusiastic suddenly becomes unmotivated and quieter, that person could be at risk for burnout. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Burnout is a big deal. Here's how managers can spot it," 9 Sep. 2019 Posner axes an act and boils the cast down to seven, a choice commented on by actors in one of many chatty digressions with the audience. Andrea Simakis,, "Dobama Theatre opens 60th season with ‘Stupid (Bleeping) Bird,’ a meta fine sendup of Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’," 13 Sep. 2019 And the servers and bartender are so friendly and chatty that all initial impressions of formality quickly vanish. Liza Weisstuch,, "Tulsa is in the throes of a dining renaissance," 2 Sep. 2019 One of Zoya’s classmates is equally chatty Nurul Hashim, who lived in Malaysia and Burma before moving to Texas. Emma Ruby, Dallas News, "'I’m going to learn everything:' Dallas ISD makes a home for refugee children," 30 June 2019 And both are tough guys who are not exactly chatty. James Hibberd,, "Pedro Pascal explains how his Mandalorian differs from Boba Fett," 3 Sep. 2019 But Hayes' initial instincts were right, and Saturday at the Miller Lite Oasis, fans lit up and sang along, and Hayes — a more confident, less chatty performer Saturday — jumped down into the crowd to celebrate. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Chicago, Third Eye Blind and more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 4," 29 June 2019 In a new interview for Billboard's cover story, the singer is chatty and comfortable. Rebecca Farley,, "Let's Break Down All The Gossip In Christina Aguilera's Controversial Interview," 3 May 2018 An offbeat, chatty, restless and unconventional chemist, Mullis defied the stereotype of the Nobel Prize winner. Daily Pilot, "Kary Mullis, a Newport resident and quirky Nobel laureate whose DNA discovery changed the science world, dies," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of chatty

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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