verb (chats, chatting, chatted)[no object]
- 1Talk in a friendly and informal way: she chatted to her mother on the phone every dayMore example sentences
talk, gossip, chatter, chitter-chatter, speak, converse, have a conversation, engage in conversation, tittle-tattle, prattle, jabber, jibber-jabber, babble, prate, go on, run on; communicate; British talk nineteen to the dozen; Scottish & Irish slabber• informal gas, have a confab, jaw, chew the rag, chew the fat, yap, yak, yackety-yak, yabber, gabber, yatter, yammer, powwowAustralian/New Zealand • informal mag• formal confabulate
- The giant woman sat with them for a while, bartering and chatting in a friendly and motherly way.
- Minutes before he arrived, Charlotte had been sober, and was chatting to her friend.
- At home she likes it cosy: snuggling up on a sofa with a book, chatting to friends.
- 1.1Exchange messages online in real time with one or more simultaneous users of a computer network: I have chatted to a few women on the NetMore example sentences
- Unable to meet their friends in person, they chat online instead.
- Nor is inflection, tone or humour easily communicated by texting, chatting or email.
- He spends two to three hours a day chatting.
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- 1An informal conversation: he dropped in for a chat [mass noun]: that’s enough chat for tonightMore example sentences
talk, conversation, gossip, chatter, chitter-chatter, heart-to-heart, tête-à-tête, powwow, blether, blather; conference, discussion, dialogue, exchange; Indian addaScottish & Northern English • informal crackAustralian • informal convo• formal confabulation• rare colloquy
- There have been many similar wine-fuelled conversations, conspiratorial chats over coffee, or long-winded email dialogues.
- How do they like to communicate - by e-mail, voicemail or an informal chat when you drop by their office?
- Last week you were having cosy, informal chats in their office, now you're getting the brush-off whenever you try to instigate a meeting.
- 1.1The online exchange of messages in real time with one or more simultaneous users of a computer network: online chat has been widely accepted by average Internet users [count noun]: you can have four simultaneous chats online at onceMore example sentences
- Unlike e-mail, which can cost up to 85% less than a phone call, chat doesn't save much.
- MSN Messenger 4.7 (which comes standard with Windows XP) does not log chats.
- Provide multiple ways (1-800 number, email, live chat) to connect with your company.
chat someone up
- • informal Engage someone in flirtatious conversation: the waiter attempted to chat her upMore example sentences
- ‘He wouldn't let her go out for meals because she might be chatted up by other people or she might chat them up,’ he explained.
- Two girls join your table and start chatting you up.
- And they're not chatting you up because they think you're attractive.
Middle English: shortening of chatter.
- 1 [often in combination] A small Old World songbird of the thrush family, with black, white, and brown coloration and a harsh call.
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- Saxicola and other genera, family Turdidae: numerous species. See also bushchat, stonechat, whinchat
- Old World warblers and chats are an excellent representative system to test these hypotheses.
- I also caught the only Kentucky Warbler of the day, a Yellow-breasted Chat.
- 2 [with modifier] Any of a number of small songbirds with harsh calls:
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- ● a New World warbler that typically has a yellow or pink breast (genera Icteria and Granatellus, family Parulidae). ● an Australian songbird related to the honeyeaters, the male of which is either mainly yellow or boldly marked (genera Ephthianura and Ashbyia, family Ephthianuridae).
- I could wait until late May and maybe find a mourning warbler or a yellow-breasted chat.
- Breeding productivity for riparian associated songbirds (e.g., Song Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, and Yellow-breasted Chat) are at levels high enough to maintain viable populations.
late 17th century: probably imitative of its call.