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[chat-ee] /ˈtʃæt i/
adjective, chattier, chattiest.
characterized by friendly and informal talk or writing, often about minor or personal matters:
a long, chatty letter from my sister.
given to such talk:
a lovable, chatty old man.
Origin of chatty
1755-65; chat1 + -y1
Related forms
chattily, adverb
chattiness, noun
1. talky, voluble, gossipy, talkative, newsy. Unabridged
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  • Some were mirthful and chatty, and some were serious and silent.
  • The diners in the private room next to ours, chatty all evening, grew quiet.
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  • Yesterday, two students came to my office and told me exactly what the chatty students are saying.
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  • Even so, he was uncharacteristically chatty as he entered a conference room.
  • Her debut is an engaging tale of restless confusion, written in the chatty style that's ubiquitous in the modern memoir.
  • The plan was to chart a course between the spare and taut modern novel and the chatty and slack pre-modern one.
  • In fact, he's chatty and thoughtful, with the dulcet speaking voice and gentle mien of a divinity student.
British Dictionary definitions for chatty


adjective -tier, -tiest
full of trivial conversation; talkative
informal and friendly; gossipy: a chatty letter
Derived Forms
chattily, adverb
chattiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chatty

"fond of chatting," 1746, from chat + -y (2). Related: Chattily; chattiness.

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