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

Definition of chitchat

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 Now is not the time for chitchat unless the conversation naturally goes in that direction. Robert J Moore, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Thanks to the acquisition of an artificial intelligence company in Cambridge, England, called Evi, Alexa was already proficient in the culturally common chitchat called phatic speech. Brad Stone, Wired, 11 May 2021 With dishy retellings of history’s most notorious killings and plenty of candid chitchat about addiction, therapy, and pets, the series quickly rose to the upper ranks of Apple’s comedy-podcasts chart and pretty much stayed there. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 3 July 2022 Before the pandemic, the 43-year-old enterprise desktop support manager used to loathe the steady chitchat at his Phoenix office. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 Don’t let your meeting devolve into idle chitchat and sub-groups, but finish by still holding on to the moment and maintaining a positive ambiance. Regan Hillyer, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The in-person meetings may not matter, but the chitchat, lunches and happy hours do. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 His friends knew my friends and introductions turned into chitchat, which turned into conversation. Richard Villegas Jr., Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 Try to stop yourself before your friendly chitchat crosses the line into creating a dramatic distraction. Tarot Astrologers,, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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19 Jul 2022

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“Chitchat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of chitchat

: friendly conversation

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