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’
    • ‘At home she likes it cosy: snuggling up on a sofa with a book, chatting to friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was on our first anniversary that I was chatting to my mother on the phone.’
    • ‘As such, I've spent the bulk of the day alternating working with chatting to mates.’
    • ‘On the way back I got chatting to the driver, and I asked if we could go through Richmond Park.’
    • ‘The giant woman sat with them for a while, bartering and chatting in a friendly and motherly way.’
    • ‘The girls who were watching cars earlier in the evening are there, chatting to some friends.’
    • ‘I was lying down on my bed, my roommate still in the room chatting quietly with a friend.’
    • ‘Today he was chatting with a friend, so I just nodded and smiled and reached for my keys.’
    • ‘I got chatting to one of the police officers, who looked like she'd been having quite a bad week.’
    • ‘We sat around on benches, swings and garden furniture chatting about all manner of things.’
    • ‘We were with all our friends and danced and chatted and had a really lovely time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A friend rung, we chatted for a while then she began talking about some of the events in New York.’
    • ‘It only takes a couple of morsels of chocolate for them all to start chatting again.’
    • ‘The chaplain will be asked to work for a couple of hours a week chatting and listening to customers and staff.’
    • ‘The thing is that fellow smokers tend to get chatting in a far less formal way than when in the conference hall.’
    • ‘These days she's far more concerned with chatting to residents and getting things done.’
    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’
      • ‘A 16-year-old girl told of her more active relationship in chatting.’
      • ‘You can instantly call up streams of photos while you are chatting (using text) with others.’
      • ‘Users can also chat with viewers via an integrated chat feature.’
      • ‘My wife doesn't really go near the computer except to chat with friends.’
      • ‘Chat with Paul, for the next few days, in our discussion forum.’
      • ‘In the two years she has been chatting she has met seven men who she first got to know in chatrooms.’
      • ‘Unable to meet their friends in person, they chat online instead.’
      • ‘Create a chat room - invite people for one hour a week to chat with you about your area of expertise.’
      • ‘My children, and most of their friends, spend more time chatting online than talking on the phone.’
      • ‘He spends two to three hours a day chatting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lastly, all residents would be able to chat or surf away in parks, linking the great outdoors with technology.’
      • ‘We look forward to seeing and chatting with you online tonight!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘SMS and instant messaging services form an interesting special case of chatting, usually being terse yet accessible anywhere.’
      • ‘All players choose a screen name and are able to chat online during their hands.’

noun

  • 1An informal conversation.

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

Phrasal Verbs

  • chat someone up

    • Engage someone in flirtatious conversation.

      ‘the waiter attempted to chat her up’
      • ‘Two girls join your table and start chatting you up.’
      • ‘He decided to sit near me and do his version of chatting me up.’
      • ‘When she chatted me up, I thought she was taking the mickey.’
      • ‘Am I going to regret it or should I keep chatting her 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.’
      • ‘My friend goes over to speak to her, and starts chatting her up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.

    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.’
  • 2with modifier Any of a number of small songbirds with harsh calls.

    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).

    • ‘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/