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

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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

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Task-focused workers don't want a lot of chitchat upfront and just want to get down to work, while relationship-focused people tend to be open to more conversation before getting started. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Your boss hates you. What do you do?," 3 Sep. 2019 Then the game began and the time for chitchat had ended. Tania Ganguli,, "As scout of NBA talent for 50 years, the Lakers' Bill Bertka is always prepared," 9 July 2019 After a few months of aimless electronic chitchat, the girls wanted to talk. Los Angeles Times, "One is Chinese. One is American. How a journalist discovered and reunited identical twins," 8 Aug. 2019 But across most of its very charming and very languid runtime, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood almost entirely forgoes gruesome outbursts in favor of chitchat, driving, and backlot shenanigans. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Quentin Tarantino’s Ultimate Statement on Movie Violence," 2 Aug. 2019 During a drive in Fort Lauderdale, all the stimuli absorbed without thinking—lights, pedestrians, directions, chitchat, radio—came confusingly alive for Nick. S.l. Price,, "‘I Feel Lost. I Feel Like a Child’: The Complicated Decline of Nick Buoniconti," 9 May 2017 The production benefits greatly from the terrific Brooks, who infuses even prosaic moments — chitchat with Lia over potato chips, for instance — with interesting inflections and intense personality. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "No shoo-in success for two new plays about female artists," 12 June 2019 Given the 40 cents per-minute rate, there was no time for chitchat. Tom Montgomery Fate,, "'I can’t help but look back' — dad reflects on life after kids' graduations," 4 June 2019 And the fact that Trump sees no difference between accepting campaign help from the former and diplomatic chitchat with the latter. Trudy Rubin, The Mercury News, "Rubin: Campaign help from Russia? Trump says it’s no problem," 23 June 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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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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