small talk

noun

: light or casual conversation : chitchat

Example Sentences

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 He can be seen doling out generous portions while engaging in small talk with one man who said his name was Dean. Ronn Blitzer, Fox News, 25 Dec. 2022 These random opportunities to engage in small talk can help boost moods and erode loneliness. Leslie Nemo, Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2020 The social anxiety that stems from being overstimulated has always made small talk difficult for me. Aundréa Murray, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 The Moon and Saturn are coming together to form a powerful conjunction in your 3rd House of Communications, meaning silly small talk will be the last thing on your mind. Chicago Tribune, 25 Dec. 2022 The weather—our universal go-to for easy small talk—seems to be getting weirder. Kyla Mandel, Time, 23 Dec. 2022 The two couples then go up into the first family’s private residence for cocktails and small talk. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2022 It’s the kind of thing that stops small talk and makes tough guys confess. Sasha Frere-jones, Harper’s Magazine , 9 Nov. 2022 The scene is borderline surreal if only because everyone wears headsets, so there is no attendant racket, no din of pretend warfare, just chattering keyboards and small talk among staff at the front desk. Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of small talk was in 1650

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Cite this Entry

“Small talk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/small%20talk. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

small talk

noun
: light or informal conversation
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