Main definitions of chat in English

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chat1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Talk in a friendly and informal way.

    ‘she chatted to her mother on the phone every day’
    • ‘Today he was chatting with a friend, so I just nodded and smiled and reached for my keys.’
    • ‘The girls who were watching cars earlier in the evening are there, chatting to some friends.’
    • ‘A friend rung, we chatted for a while then she began talking about some of the events in New York.’
    • ‘The chaplain will be asked to work for a couple of hours a week chatting and listening to customers and staff.’
    • ‘These days she's far more concerned with chatting to residents and getting things done.’
    • ‘The thing is that fellow smokers tend to get chatting in a far less formal way than when in the conference hall.’
    • ‘We were with all our friends and danced and chatted and had a really lovely time.’
    • ‘I got chatting to one of the police officers, who looked like she'd been having quite a bad week.’
    • ‘It was on our first anniversary that I was chatting to my mother on the phone.’
    • ‘It only takes a couple of morsels of chocolate for them all to start chatting again.’
    • ‘The giant woman sat with them for a while, bartering and chatting in a friendly and motherly way.’
    • ‘I spent the evening chatting and had a great time, so my need for chatter was fulfilled finally.’
    • ‘A couple of years ago I was chatting to somebody at work, and I asked where she lived.’
    • ‘We sat around on benches, swings and garden furniture chatting about all manner of things.’
    • ‘I was lying down on my bed, my roommate still in the room chatting quietly with a friend.’
    • ‘On the way back I got chatting to the driver, and I asked if we could go through Richmond Park.’
    • ‘As such, I've spent the bulk of the day alternating working with chatting to mates.’
    • ‘At home she likes it cosy: snuggling up on a sofa with a book, chatting to friends.’
    • ‘I like how you can walk into a bar at midnight and people are still sober, still happily chatting away.’
    • ‘Minutes before he arrived, Charlotte had been sober, and was chatting to her friend.’
    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
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    1. 1.1 Exchange messages online in real time with one or more simultaneous users of a computer network.
      ‘I have chatted to a few women on the Net’
      • ‘SMS and instant messaging services form an interesting special case of chatting, usually being terse yet accessible anywhere.’
      • ‘A 16-year-old girl told of her more active relationship in chatting.’
      • ‘In the two years she has been chatting she has met seven men who she first got to know in chatrooms.’
      • ‘Lastly, all residents would be able to chat or surf away in parks, linking the great outdoors with technology.’
      • ‘It's hoped the public awareness campaign will encourage youngsters to think twice about who they're chatting to online.’
      • ‘She says she spends about two hours a day chatting online.’
      • ‘My children, and most of their friends, spend more time chatting online than talking on the phone.’
      • ‘You can instantly call up streams of photos while you are chatting (using text) with others.’
      • ‘This spring, he coauthored a study comparing the way teens speak and chat online.’
      • ‘Nor is inflection, tone or humour easily communicated by texting, chatting or email.’
      • ‘He spends two to three hours a day chatting.’
      • ‘Users can also chat with viewers via an integrated chat feature.’
      • ‘We look forward to seeing and chatting with you online tonight!’
      • ‘Create a chat room - invite people for one hour a week to chat with you about your area of expertise.’
      • ‘All players choose a screen name and are able to chat online during their hands.’
      • ‘My wife doesn't really go near the computer except to chat with friends.’
      • ‘Unable to meet their friends in person, they chat online instead.’
      • ‘Chat with Paul, for the next few days, in our discussion forum.’
      • ‘The updated version adds a bluescreen effect so you can display any image behind you while chatting, and fun house-style effects.’
      • ‘This is true whether they're using the Web to research a school project, play games, or chat with friends.’

noun

  • 1An informal conversation.

    ‘he dropped in for a chat’
    mass noun ‘that's enough chat for tonight’
    • ‘Many of the topics discussed in the chat were later elaborated in the conference system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After our chat, Trevor was decent enough to drive me back into San Francisco.’
    • ‘Their various discussions, arguments and chats had laid the foundation for open and honest communication.’
    • ‘It was simply a relationship I had with a friend who was an experienced magician, regular chats and conversation with someone who was a good friend.’
    • ‘There is much wisdom in our group experience, so take advantage of camping conferences, online chats, and visits to neighboring camps.’
    • ‘A couple of long chats with my Mum, and an email conversation with a fellow law student, helped me set some issues aside, if not settle them.’
    • ‘Informal chats with officials revealed that windsurfing is one of the fastest growing aquatic sports in the world.’
    • ‘Still, it's the season for heart-to-heart chats and just-for-two dinners by candlelight.’
    • ‘Some of his characters were informed by the chats he had with random passengers during long train journeys.’
    • ‘The group is informal and gives the opportunity for parents to have a chat, while their children play with other kids.’
    • ‘The first story admits of a little frivolity, as we see in the conversation of the girls and the bawdy chat of Graham.’
    • ‘How do they like to communicate - by e-mail, voicemail or an informal chat when you drop by their office?’
    • ‘I have lost my talent of having ultra-long telephone chats.’
    • ‘A cup of tea and a chat in the community centre was greatly appreciated.’
    • ‘If you would like to give some time to furthering the caring work of the centre, ring to get an appointment for an informal chat.’
    • ‘From fraternal chats to nuptial discussions, video-conferencing offers a solution to almost all aspects of personal and professional life.’
    • ‘But she was really nice and came and sat at our table and had a chat and it was very informal.’
    • ‘There have been many similar wine-fuelled conversations, conspiratorial chats over coffee, or long-winded email dialogues.’
    • ‘That night we had a decent chat and said our goodbyes to each other through our conversation.’
    talk, conversation, gossip, chatter, chitter-chatter, heart-to-heart, tête-à-tête, powwow, blether, blather
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    1. 1.1 The 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 once’
      • ‘You can search the database by characteristic or member name, contact people through anonymous e-mail and have private chats.’
      • ‘Web-based chat usually leaves me cold, I much perfer a standalone client.’
      • ‘MSN Messenger 4.7 (which comes standard with Windows XP) does not log chats.’
      • ‘Chat provides a more real-time discussion format.’
      • ‘In chat, she will often change the way that she describes herself.’
      • ‘Requests for functionality ranging from live chat to online stores to sophisticated content management functionality may not help the client achieve their business goals.’
      • ‘The online play supports both dial up and broadband, with broadband users having the option of using a USB headset for chat.’
      • ‘There's even a built-in text chat, just in case you want to mess with er communicate with the person whose desktop you just latched onto.’
      • ‘Broadband players can use voice chat through the USB headset.’
      • ‘We want to find information or communicate with our friends through e-mail and chat.’
      • ‘The danger of people using a 'work' computer for non-approved use such as instant messaging chat are well documented.’
      • ‘The former lets parents block Web sites with inappropriate subject matter, as well as chats using predatory language.’
      • ‘MSN Messenger (like many similar programs) has offered video chat for years.’
      • ‘Courses can contain activities such as discussion forums, student journals, quizzes, surveys, assignments, chats and workshops.’
      • ‘Starting from the bottom and working up, you'll need to get chat working first.’
      • ‘Their main role in Internet chat is to form a mercenary authority infrastructure in otherwise unregulated chat rooms.’
      • ‘Unlike e-mail, which can cost up to 85% less than a phone call, chat doesn't save much.’
      • ‘Provide multiple ways (1-800 number, email, live chat) to connect with your company.’
      • ‘We will also be supporting the headset for voice chat.’
      • ‘Features such as chat, polls, and interactive lessons as options presented with the same weight as more traditional textbased resources.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • chat someone up

    • Engage someone in flirtatious conversation.

      ‘the waiter attempted to chat her up’
      • ‘Am I going to regret it or should I keep chatting her up?’
      • ‘He decided to sit near me and do his version of chatting me up.’
      • ‘A young solicitor I'd talked to at the bus stop had asked me for a drink in a pub, but I'd not gone, and a handsome young sailor had chatted me up on a train, but I'd not agreed to meet him again either.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘And they're not chatting you up because they think you're attractive.’
      • ‘He went over to the video clerk and started chatting her up.’
      • ‘My friend goes over to speak to her, and starts chatting her up.’
      • ‘Two girls join your table and start chatting you up.’
      • ‘When she chatted me up, I thought she was taking the mickey.’
      • ‘I'm sure that the pharmacist was chatting me up.’
      flirt with, make up to, make advances to, make overtures to, romance
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Origin

Middle English: shortening of chatter.

Pronunciation

chat

/tʃat/

Main definitions of chat in English

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chat2

noun

  • 1often in combination A small Old World songbird of the thrush family, with black, white, and brown coloration and a harsh call.

    See also whinchat
    , See also stonechat
    , and See also bushchat
    • ‘I also caught the only Kentucky Warbler of the day, a Yellow-breasted Chat.’
    • ‘Old World warblers and chats are an excellent representative system to test these hypotheses.’
  • 2with modifier Any of a number of small songbirds with harsh calls.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I could wait until late May and maybe find a mourning warbler or a yellow-breasted chat.’

Origin

Late 17th century: probably imitative of its call.

Pronunciation

chat

/tʃat/