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

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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

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His idea of dinnertime chitchat was to ask his daughter’s boyfriend for his thoughts on the U.S. budget deficit. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "George Hatsopoulos, a CEO Too Busy for Golf, Delved Into Thermodynamics and Economics," 5 Oct. 2018 Don’t expect smiles or chitchat from the busy and busty dirndl-wearing waitresses, but do expect plates piled with roast pork belly, crispy schnitzels, potato pancakes, and sauerkraut. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 There’s an arresting sequence of extracting caviar from sturgeon in China and some fairly banal chitchat with François Hollande, France’s former president. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Documentary Follows Alain Ducasse on a Quest for Perfection," 4 June 2018 There was some lighthearted chitchat around whether or not Greenwood would change the name. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Akwaaba chooses theme for West Philadelphia bed-and-breakfast | Elizabeth Wellington," 5 July 2018 Serena Joy’s attempts to draw Offred into light chitchat are an unmitigated failure. Rena Gross, Billboard, "14 Crushing (And Occasionally Uplifting) Moments From 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 5," 16 May 2018 Already, the push-button service framework, Uber for everything, has eroded this last bastion of local chitchat. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Service Workers Forced to Act Like Robots Meet Their Match," 8 May 2018 The state’s press corps was expecting typical first lady chitchat, devoid of hard news, undeserving of major headlines. Felice Belman,, "Forget what you thought about rooftop solar and consider these seven things instead," 18 Apr. 2018 Even the banal chitchat that opens the show mesmerizes. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Marin Theatre Company’s ‘The Wolves,’ about a girls’ soccer team, a shut-out win," 21 Mar. 2018

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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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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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