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[chit-chat] /ˈtʃɪtˌtʃæt/
light conversation; casual talk; gossip.
verb (used without object), chitchatted, chitchatting.
to indulge in chitchat; gossip.
Origin of chitchat
1700-10; gradational compound based on chat
Related forms
chitchatty, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chitchat
  • He is easily bored by chitchat but lights up when the conversation turns to politics or the environment.
  • He was asked to minimize chitchat and keep the troops moving.
  • Framed against the holly green walls, high-powered show-biz types emit a buzz of confident lunchtime chitchat.
  • The two white-maned television comedy icons hugged and engaged in some friendly chitchat as everyone in the hallway gawked.
  • Usually, they practice with chitchat about vacations and jobs, dates and children.
  • In other cases, parents may be too tired or stressed to engage in lighthearted chitchat with their babies.
  • If someone is waiting, nothing is more frustrating than watching workers engage in idle chitchat or banter.
British Dictionary definitions for chitchat


talk of a gossipy nature
verb -chats, -chatting, -chatted
(intransitive) to gossip
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Word Origin and History for chitchat

also chit-chat, 1710, diminishing reduplicated form of chat. The verb is attested from 1821. Related: Chitchatting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chitchat



Talk, esp relaxed and idle conversation; chin music: The members were enjoying a bit of chitchat when the gavel sounded (1710+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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