small talk

noun

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

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One couple from Toronto worked hard, in our brief exchange, to make every conversational banality, every scrap of small talk, a vehicle for innuendo. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside a Hamptons Sex Party for the Elite," 29 June 2016 The politics of Informer aren't subtle, and much here is hews to formula, especially Powley's character Holly, who is one of those ostensibly brilliant detectives who can't make small talk. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Three New Crime Shows To Get Hooked on Now," 12 Jan. 2019 Local old-timers frequent the booths here so expect a bit of attitude, but making small talk should quickly fix that. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best BBQ in Austin," 27 Feb. 2018 Back on board, as Observation Deck chatter gradually shifts from polite small talk to actual conversations, the ship is starting to feel like a small village, complete with its own local celebrities. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 2018 So, with the handshakes and small talk now behind them, this could be where the rubber hits the road. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "Analysis: After summit, Pompeo wants details from Kim," 4 July 2018 Their activities ranged from Prince Philip grilling sausages at Balmoral to the Queen making small talk with U.S. President Richard Nixon. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Documentary About the Royal Family Hasn't Been Seen Since 1969," 23 Aug. 2018 As the daughter of a local politician, I was expected to be a role model — to dress appropriately, smile and make small talk, write thoughtful thank-you notes. Jennifer Rabiner*, Redbook, ""Why Don't I Like My Own Child?"," 10 Nov. 2016 Here are three stories about high-school and college reunions that are a lot more salacious than white wine and small talk. The Cut, The Cut, "3 Juicy High-School and College Reunion Stories," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of small talk

1650, in the meaning defined above

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small talk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of small talk

: informal, friendly conversation about unimportant subjects

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