Definition of chit-chat in English:



mass nouninformal
  • Inconsequential conversation.

    ‘it was a leisurely dinner with much chit-chat and laughter’
    • ‘The result is an evening packed with song and dance, recitation and good old fashioned chit-chat which draws a faithful throng, despite the weather and in spite of rapidly developing world events.’
    • ‘I presume it was the acoustic mix of ‘Insania’, but I didn't hang around to find out, preferring instead to loiter about the deserted cafe and eavesdrop on the celebrity chit-chat.’
    • ‘In order to support her family, Annie uses her psychic powers to offer the people in her town ‘readings’ - sometimes this leads to friendly chit-chat, other times it leads to trouble.’
    • ‘Laughter filled the streets along with frequent chit-chat and bargains being made every few seconds.’
    • ‘Melissa and her friends try to distract her from this by means of chit-chat and gossip, and there is already plenty of the latter.’
    • ‘And good for him for getting an interview with the minister father who refused to talk that day, other than receiving line chit-chat, saying it was a day of worship.’
    • ‘Unusual but delightful, the Olympic-themed evening featured a mixture of music, comedy and delicious chit-chat from the two friendly and extremely talented BBCs - or British-born Cypriots.’
    • ‘Just navigating the many clichés that often pop up and turn the conversation into a sludge of polite chit-chat and stock answers can be a pain.’
    • ‘Nothing much came of their conversation, just common chit-chat.’
    • ‘This social climate offers everything from casual chit-chat and goofing around to very intimate, meaningful conversation (and, of course, cybersex).’
    • ‘Dinner passed with idle chit-chat and no outbreaks of frustration from either Tara or Gareth.’
    • ‘At least one of our readers would prefer that The Sports Reporter and I dispense with the pre-review chit-chat and get down to the nitty-gritty when we write about our tandem dining-out experiences.’
    • ‘During the break, Ms Flynn was left to awkwardly sit down beside the Taoiseach and exchange small talk - chit-chat, you might say.’
    • ‘The obvious danger inherent in this procedure is causing the dinner table chit-chat.’
    • ‘I don't know exactly what's in it for them, other than a break from routine, but I admire their ability to make polite chit-chat - well, it's more of a shout-chat - with strangers.’
    • ‘Their dinner party chit-chat concerned the humdrum topic of house prices.’
    • ‘Lee, never one who can resist a couple of minutes of chit-chat, stopped for small talk and Marcus didn't notice Danielle until she came to stand beside him.’
    • ‘I still didn't know what her game was but, if I was interpreting her signals right, this could turn into something more than idle chit-chat; it could turn into full contact chit-chat.’
    • ‘Still, I carried on, unaware, with friendly chit-chat.’
    • ‘This time around, the question line has been a bit more adult: instead of chit-chat about travel and hobbies, she has been talking about Maoritanga, love and land.’
    small talk, chat, chatting, chatter, chitter-chatter, prattling, prattle, gossip, tittle-tattle, tattle
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[no object]informal
  • Talk about trivial matters.

    ‘I can't stand around chit-chatting’
    • ‘We chit-chatted about a lot of different things, and none of it was really important.’
    • ‘You get to know people in that time - although I don't like chit-chatting too much while I work.’
    • ‘After finishing the sorting of the papers and then chit-chatting while drinking their iced tea, they decided it was time for them to get back.’
    • ‘Either way, he didn't feel like chit-chatting with them.’
    • ‘Already well-known as the son of a president, he focused on raising money and holding private chit-chats with donors and political supporters who would journey to Austin for off-the-record talks.’
    • ‘I see them hanging out every morning together, chit-chatting.’
    • ‘He hung out with the audience often during breaks and chit-chatted.’
    • ‘Up until 10 o'clock, Audrey and I enjoyed sitting and watching the spectacles, drumming our fingers to the impeccable music, and chit-chatting about absolutely useless girl talk.’
    • ‘The other half of the class chit-chatted about the weather and waited for the inevitable re-write announcement.’
    • ‘We played it infinitely cool - idly chit-chatting, pretending he was just like us, or we like him, or something.’
    • ‘I'm done chit-chatting now though, Tommy, so let's get to business.’
    • ‘I was beginning to feel a little famished with all the smiling, dancing and chit-chatting, so I excused myself from my little group of friends to get myself some edible delicacies from the buffet table.’
    • ‘Step outside and people are chit-chatting about it everywhere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other co-workers and friends of his were either dancing, eating, chit-chatting, or gambling.’
    • ‘She stopped inside, chit-chatting with the Pilots, but not pressing the questions she wanted to ask.’
    • ‘I'm not just talking about critical reviews or in-depth profiles, I'm talking about people chit-chatting at parties.’
    • ‘Desiree, Cheska, and Tanz went back and forth between the kitchen and the back yard while chit-chatting about mindless topics.’
    • ‘I can see all of my classmates are chit-chatting with each other, but when I close the door, almost all of them stare at me or yell my name, and that includes Erick.’
    chat, talk idly, chatter, prattle, prate, go on, run on, rattle away, rattle on, gossip, tittle-tattle, tattle, ramble, gabble, jabber, babble, blather, blether, blither, twitter, maunder, drivel, patter, yap, jibber-jabber, cackle
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Late 17th century: reduplication of chat.