chin-wag

noun
\ ˈchin-ˌwag How to pronounce chin-wag (audio) \
plural chin-wags

Definition of chin-wag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

chin-wag

verb
chin-wagged; chin-wagging; chin-wags

Definition of chin-wag (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of chin-wag

Noun

1879, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Chin-wag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chin-wag. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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