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plural chin-wags
chiefly British, informal
: a friendly conversation : chat
"If I get 15 minutes—the kids are at school, everyone's brushed their teeth, they've eaten—I can sit with a coffee and call a girlfriend, and just have a chin-wag."Kate Winslet


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chin-wagged; chin-wagging; chin-wags

intransitive verb

chiefly British, informal
: to have a friendly conversation : chat
I called in to a neighbour, to see if he needed anything. … He told me he was fine for everything, and we chin-wagged for a while.Mark Boyle
They chin-wagged over wages, unions, benefits, working hours, …Bruce Clayton

Word History

First Known Use


1879, in the meaning defined above


1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chin-wag was in 1869

Dictionary Entries Near chin-wag

Cite this Entry

“Chin-wag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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