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small talk

noun
1.
light conversation; chitchat.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55
Synonyms
banter, chatter, gossip.

small-talk

[smawl-tawk] /ˈsmɔlˌtɔk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to engage in or have a propensity for small talk.
Origin
1780-90
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  • They talk to each other online, so that little time is wasted on the actual days with small-talk and ice-breakers.
British Dictionary definitions for small-talk

small talk

noun
1.
light conversation for social occasions
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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+)


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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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