chit·​chat | \ˈchit-ˌchat \

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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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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 The new friends seem to hit it off talking at the bar – but Reiss’ allegedly had an ulterior motive for the chitchat. Fox News, "Woman who killed husband, stole another female's identity spotted on surveillance video, cops say," 16 Apr. 2018 While his discussions with Mr. Trump involve international affairs, the calls tend to meander into other banter and chitchat, White House officials said. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "The Art of the Handshake: How Trump’s Syria Alliance Came Together," 16 Apr. 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

: friendly conversation about things that are not very important


chit·​chat | \ˈchit-ˌchat \

Kids Definition of chitchat

: friendly conversation

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