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chatty

Syllabification: chat·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈCHadē
 
/

Definition of chatty in English:

adjective (chattier, chattiest)

1(Of a person) fond of talking in an easy, informal way.
Example sentences
  • ‘None that we can talk about’ opined the chairman, in an informal, chatty way.
  • While both are extremely charming and friendly, when Michael looks at you, you feel included, he has a chatty, informal way of talking.
  • I'm chatty anyway but I probably get even more voluble.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a conversation, letter, etc.) informal and lively.
Example sentences
  • In the few days she spent in our house, she and my wife made friends, they wrote chatty letters to one another and exchanged recipes.
  • A while back, I got a note from my friend Rebecca in Denver, one of the last people left on Earth who still sits down and writes a chatty letter.
  • Voters in Putney have received a chatty letter from Mr Brown all about the budget, without a word on his boss.
Synonyms
conversational, gossipy, informal, casual, familiar, friendly
informal newsy

Derivatives

chattily

1
Pronunciation: /ˈCHatl-ē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • The letter goes on to chattily talk about kids and work and surfing and fishing and the normalness of everyday life. There's nothing extraordinary about the language or the handwriting - even the paper is normal cream airmail stock.
  • She's written the book so earnestly and chattily, so it's good value, but every now and then Jenni is unintentionally hilarious and I just can't take her seriously.
  • ‘Someone was saying last night that cicadas breed underground,’ he said, chattily.

chattiness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Despite the deceptive chattiness of his writing, he sweated over every line, often suffering from paralysing writers' block.
  • Key issues include the chattiness of people, how often cheery greetings are used and, on the downside, the extent of violent behaviour.
  • Strategies to discourage excessive chattiness must be developed.

Words that rhyme with chatty

batty, bratty, catty, Cincinnati, Dolcelatte, fatty, flattie, Hattie, natty, patty, ratty, Satie, Scarlatti, scatty, Tati, tattie, tatty

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