small talk

noun
light conversation; chitchat.

Origin:
1745–55


banter, chatter, gossip.
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small-talk

[smawl-tawk]
verb (used without object)
to engage in or have a propensity for small talk.

Origin:
1780–90

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small talk
 
n
light conversation for social occasions

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Idioms & Phrases

small talk

Casual or trivial conversation, chitchat, as in We stood around making small talk until the guest of honor arrived. The small in this expression alludes to unimportant subjects of conversation, as opposed to serious or weighty ones. [Mid-1700s]

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Example sentences
When making small talk with locals, he peppers the conversation with curious
  details.
We stood on the hotel's red-brick patio and made small talk.
Go to department social events, smile, and make small talk.
Learning a new language can be rewarding, especially when you are able to make
  small talk with native speakers when you travel.
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