Definition of backchat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbaktʃat/


[mass noun] British informal
Rude or cheeky remarks made in reply to someone in authority: don’t interrupt! I’m not used to backchat or defiance!
More example sentences
  • He said: ‘It is a shame that among these youths there were several who wanted to give us cheek and backchat to try to look the part in front of their friends.’
  • The new Education Secretary has announced a crackdown on classroom backchat and persistent insolence.
  • She said: ‘We want a zero tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour in all our schools, on everything from backchat to bullying and violence.’
informal mouth, lip
Scottish informal snash
North American informal sassiness, sass, smart mouth, back talk
rare malapertness, contumely, procacity

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