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chit-chat Line breaks: chit-chat
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪttʃat/

Definition of chit-chat in English:


[mass noun]
Inconsequential conversation: it was a leisurely dinner with much chit-chat and laughter
More example sentences
  • Nothing much came of their conversation, just common chit-chat.
  • Their dinner party chit-chat concerned the humdrum topic of house prices.
  • During the break, Ms Flynn was left to awkwardly sit down beside the Taoiseach and exchange small talk - chit-chat, you might say.
small talk, chat, chatting, chatter, chitter-chatter, prattling, prattle, gossip, tittle-tattle, tattle
British informal nattering, chuntering


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Talk about trivial matters: I can’t stand around chit-chatting
More example sentences
  • The last thing this hotel will be is a wee B&B with a wee landlady who's forever chit-chatting to you.
  • I was happily floating around to different groups all night, talking, chit-chatting, catching up with some old faces and taking silly pictures.
  • I see them hanging out every morning together, chit-chatting.


Late 17th century: reduplication of chat1.

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