chit·​chat | \ ˈchit-ˌchat How to pronounce chitchat (audio) \

Definition of chitchat

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Other Words from chitchat

chitchat intransitive verb

Examples of chitchat in a Sentence

We exchanged some chitchat about the weather. a bit of chitchat over lunch with people we hadn't seen in a while
Recent Examples on the Web In 14 minutes of chitchat with Nelson, the most (in)famous high school football coach in America managed to besmirch almost everything beloved in the South and, in doing so, ended up on administrative leave. New York Times, "Trouble in Titletown," 12 Apr. 2021 Local politics is split down the middle and never discussed at rehearsals, which are intensely focused anyway, with little time for chitchat. New York Times, "The Skagit Valley," 8 Apr. 2021 These casual encounters aren’t just inconsequential chitchat, regardless of what’s discussed. Katie Johnston,, "With more people working from home, valuable connections lost," 18 Mar. 2021 Listen, that could have its downside, but after a year of almost no physical contact, a little fabric pinching or casual chitchat on the sidewalk is definitely welcomed. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "14 Supersized Dresses to Wear This Spring," 23 Mar. 2021 But leaving the house with a specific purpose and seeing his dentist this time around was quite nice, said Mr. Campbell, who made chitchat about the new cleaning protocols in the clinic. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "People Are So Bored, They Look Forward to Going to the Dentist," 12 Mar. 2021 Without the red carpet excess and energy that makes even the dumbest of awkward chitchat watchable, the pre-shows were a bust this year, a collection of lo-def, glamorless, static promos. Matthew Gilbert,, "At this Golden Globes, glitches and mea culpas," 28 Feb. 2021 There’s been a lot of chitchat among journalists and scholars about the mass migration from public social networks like Facebook and Twitter toward private messaging services. New York Times, "Are Private Messaging Apps the Next Misinformation Hot Spot?," 3 Feb. 2021 Greenberg, more into shrill shrieks than polite chitchat, continues his coloratura expressions of outrage. Leah Garchik,, "A stranger’s concern on a late-night walk in San Francisco is balm for a scare," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of chitchat

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chitchat

reduplication of chat

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The first known use of chitchat was in 1605

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8 May 2021

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“Chitchat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chitchat

informal : friendly conversation about things that are not very important


chit·​chat | \ ˈchit-ˌchat How to pronounce chitchat (audio) \

Kids Definition of chitchat

: friendly conversation

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