verb (used without object), chatted, chatting.
to converse in a familiar or informal manner.
Digital Technology.
to participate with others, through the Internet, in a real-time conversation in a chat room by typing one's contributions to the topics under discussion on one's computer and reading others' typed contributions on one's screen.
to engage in such conversation with one other person, often to obtain live tech support or customer service from a vendor's site.
informal conversation: We had a pleasant chat.
Digital Technology. text-based communication in real time between two users over a network or the Internet. See also instant messaging, chat room.
any of several small Old World thrushes, especially of the genus Saxicola, having a chattering cry.
Verb phrases
chat up, Chiefly British.
to talk flirtatiously with.
to talk to in a friendly, open way.

1400–50; late Middle English; short for chatter

chattable, adjective

1, 3. talk, chitchat, gossip, visit. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
chat1 (tʃæt)
1.  informal conversation or talk conducted in an easy familiar manner
2.  the exchange of messages in an internet or other network chatroom
3.  stonechat See also whinchat any Old World songbird of the subfamily Turdinae (thrushes, etc) having a harsh chattering cry
4.  any of various North American warblers, such as Icteria virens (yellow-breasted chat)
5.  any of various Australian wrens (family Muscicapidae) of the genus Ephthianura and other genera
vb , chats, chatting, chatted
6.  to talk in an easy familiar way
7.  to exchange messages in a chatroom
[C16: short for chatter]

chat2 (tʃæt)
archaic, dialect or a catkin, esp a willow catkin
[C15: from French chat cat, referring to the furry appearance]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, short for chatter (q.v.). Chatty is first attested 1762.
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Example sentences
And chatting with friends at a wine garden is not a special event but a way of
Surprisingly, toddlers speak in more complex sentences when alone in their crib
  chatting with their stuffed toys.
Chatting about frivolities still has a major role in getting another into bed.
Stopping and chatting with the youngest skier she found out that it was his
  first day on skis, ever.
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