small talk


Definition of small talk

: light or casual conversation : chitchat

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Examples of small talk in a Sentence

They made small talk while waiting for the meeting to start. at the corporate get-together we made the obligatory small talk with some people from the home office
Recent Examples on the Web Porches give us a physical space to safely host friends, neighbors and passersby for the small talk and deep conversations otherwise difficult to foster in the middle of a pandemic. Spike Carlsen, WSJ, "The Forgotten Front Porch Is Making a Comeback," 26 Sep. 2020 In her first scene with inevitable BFF Molly (Gina Ravera), who just saved her from oncoming traffic and bought her food, Molly wants to make small talk. Andrea Wurzburger,, "In Honor of Its 25th Anniversary: The Most Memorable Lines from Showgirls," 23 Sep. 2020 Smaller groups of employees recently started getting together to work and catch up on the usual office small talk at a local park. Alyssa Newcomb, NBC News, "Front-yard happy hours to brainstorming in the park: Finding ways to beat the WFH blues," 18 Sep. 2020 Some of my most radiant interactions with other human beings have been fleeting, glancing moments of small talk. James Parker, The Atlantic, "An Ode to Small Talk," 13 Sep. 2020 Abby, despite exchanging small talk during coffee refills, Rita snubs me when our paths cross outside the diner. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Pandemic shopping spree piles up packages," 7 Sep. 2020 That didn’t stop me from trying to make hotshot small talk with other diners. Dick Schwartz, Star Tribune, "Summer memories: Jobs my father got me — and one other," 4 Sep. 2020 After some small talk, Favre delivers a pep talk to the NFL hopeful. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Brett Favre gives Los Angeles Rams rookie Clay Johnston a pep talk on 'Hard Knocks'," 26 Aug. 2020 There’s no time for small talk as a group of unknown men, all with bleach-blonde hair, show up and kill Hazel on the street. Rachel Paige,, "R29 Binge Club: Umbrella Academy Season 2 Recap," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of small talk

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of small talk was in 1650

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30 Sep 2020

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“Small talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of small talk

: informal, friendly conversation about unimportant subjects

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