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 Asked about camaraderie, Mr. Winocour said there were regulars who would sometimes nod at each other in recognition, but generally not a lot of chitchat. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "At the Library, Last Call for Beauty and Books," 14 Mar. 2020 That’s conducive to all kinds of chitchat—from intimate murmurs between the hard of hearing to totally silent discussions. Lisa A. Goldstein, Popular Science, "We built a better house for the 48 million Americans with hearing loss," 28 Jan. 2020 The Atlantic published a story last year about the uptick of students using Google Docs, which is supposed to be used for classwork collaboration, to chitchat in the middle of class. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "The lost art of passing notes: How friends keep memories alive with letters from the '70s," 29 Jan. 2020 But consider a 1993 study of about a dozen dining establishments, which found that sound levels peaked at 68 decibels (a little louder than normal chitchat). Chris Berdik, Popular Science, "It’s not just you: Restaurants have gotten too loud. But there are some fixes.," 28 Jan. 2020 This cycle at least nine presidential candidates, including President Trump, visited Iowa ethanol factories for chitchat and photo ops. Miranda Green, The New Republic, "How Ditching the Iowa Caucus Could Remake the Biofuels Debate," 10 Feb. 2020 More from Seidel: Pregame Lions chitchat with the Fords? Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Matt Patricia keeps sense of humor: ‘They’re going to have to throw me out’," 16 Dec. 2019 The protests and pleas for more time were just starting when Jason Scott took to Twitter to register his utter lack of surprise over the fate of Yahoo’s sprawling chitchat of neighborhoods, businesses, addicts in recovery and birdwatchers. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "These crusaders want to preserve ‘human culture’ online. Their latest target: Yahoo Groups.," 11 Dec. 2019 As postprandial drinks of obstbrande, an apple/pear schnapps particular to the region, were poured, chitchat about music, politics and the Fuchs family's hunting and foraging adventures formed the soundtrack. Liza Weisstuch,, "A spirited tour through Germany’s Black Forest," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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26 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chitchat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chitchat

informal : friendly conversation about things that are not very important


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Kids Definition of chitchat

: friendly conversation

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