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small talk

light conversation; chitchat.
banter, chatter, gossip.


[smawl-tawk] /ˈsmɔlˌtɔk/
verb (used without object)
to engage in or have a propensity for small talk.
1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for small talk
  • 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.
  • When you're out for a walk in the neighborhood, or in a supermarket line, make small talk.
  • Participants exchange small talk with other couples.
  • Another group received placebo treatment from a clinician who declined to engage in small talk.
  • The three of us make small talk, since this obviously isn't the place for an interview.
  • But after a minimum of small talk to put us at ease, it was down to more serious matters.
  • But before they are fairly settled, batting small talk around, it begins to appear that all of them are burning with secret fires.
British Dictionary definitions for small talk

small talk

light conversation for social occasions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for small talk

small talk

noun phrase

Talk, esp relaxed and idle conversation; phatic communion; chin music, chitchat: He's very serious and has a hard time making small talk (1751+)

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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Idioms and Phrases with small talk

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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