Main definitions of chat in English

: chat1chat2

chat1

verb

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

    ‘she chatted to her mother on the phone every day’
    • ‘We were with all our friends and danced and chatted and had a really lovely time.’
    • ‘It was on our first anniversary that I was chatting to my mother on the phone.’
    • ‘I was lying down on my bed, my roommate still in the room chatting quietly with a friend.’
    • ‘The giant woman sat with them for a while, bartering and chatting in a friendly and motherly way.’
    • ‘It only takes a couple of morsels of chocolate for them all to start chatting again.’
    • ‘These days she's far more concerned with chatting to residents and getting things done.’
    • ‘A couple of years ago I was chatting to somebody at work, and I asked where she lived.’
    • ‘The girls who were watching cars earlier in the evening are there, chatting to some friends.’
    • ‘On the way back I got chatting to the driver, and I asked if we could go through Richmond Park.’
    • ‘I like how you can walk into a bar at midnight and people are still sober, still happily chatting away.’
    • ‘Today he was chatting with a friend, so I just nodded and smiled and reached for my keys.’
    • ‘We sat around on benches, swings and garden furniture chatting about all manner of things.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The thing is that fellow smokers tend to get chatting in a far less formal way than when in the conference hall.’
    • ‘The chaplain will be asked to work for a couple of hours a week chatting and listening to customers and staff.’
    • ‘I spent the evening chatting and had a great time, so my need for chatter was fulfilled finally.’
    • ‘As such, I've spent the bulk of the day alternating working with chatting to mates.’
    • ‘I got chatting to one of the police officers, who looked like she'd been having quite a bad week.’
    • ‘At home she likes it cosy: snuggling up on a sofa with a book, chatting to friends.’
    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
    talk nineteen to the dozen
    slabber
    gas, have a confab, jaw, chew the rag, chew the fat, yap, yak, yackety-yak, yabber, gabber, yatter, yammer, powwow
    natter, witter, rabbit, chunter, waffle, have a chinwag, chinwag
    shoot the breeze, shoot the bull, visit
    mag
    confabulate
    twaddle, twattle, clack, claver
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    1. 1.1 Exchange messages online in real time with one or more simultaneous users of a computer network.
      ‘I keep getting messages popping up on my screen from people wanting to chat’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lastly, all residents would be able to chat or surf away in parks, linking the great outdoors with technology.’
      • ‘Create a chat room - invite people for one hour a week to chat with you about your area of expertise.’
      • ‘A 16-year-old girl told of her more active relationship in chatting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nor is inflection, tone or humour easily communicated by texting, chatting or email.’
      • ‘In the two years she has been chatting she has met seven men who she first got to know in chatrooms.’
      • ‘SMS and instant messaging services form an interesting special case of chatting, usually being terse yet accessible anywhere.’
      • ‘This spring, he coauthored a study comparing the way teens speak and chat online.’
      • ‘Unable to meet their friends in person, they chat online instead.’
      • ‘She says she spends about two hours a day chatting online.’
      • ‘He spends two to three hours a day chatting.’
      • ‘We look forward to seeing and chatting with you online tonight!’
      • ‘This is true whether they're using the Web to research a school project, play games, or chat with friends.’
      • ‘Users can also chat with viewers via an integrated chat feature.’
      • ‘The updated version adds a bluescreen effect so you can display any image behind you while chatting, and fun house-style effects.’
      • ‘All players choose a screen name and are able to chat online during their hands.’
      • ‘It's hoped the public awareness campaign will encourage youngsters to think twice about who they're chatting to online.’

noun

  • 1An informal conversation.

    ‘he dropped in for a chat’
    ‘the perfect place for loads of cocktails and plenty of chat’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That night we had a decent chat and said our goodbyes to each other through our conversation.’
    • ‘There have been many similar wine-fuelled conversations, conspiratorial chats over coffee, or long-winded email dialogues.’
    • ‘A cup of tea and a chat in the community centre was greatly appreciated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But she was really nice and came and sat at our table and had a chat and it was very informal.’
    • ‘After our chat, Trevor was decent enough to drive me back into San Francisco.’
    • ‘Informal chats with officials revealed that windsurfing is one of the fastest growing aquatic sports in the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have lost my talent of having ultra-long telephone chats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of his characters were informed by the chats he had with random passengers during long train journeys.’
    • ‘There is much wisdom in our group experience, so take advantage of camping conferences, online chats, and visits to neighboring camps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first story admits of a little frivolity, as we see in the conversation of the girls and the bawdy chat of Graham.’
    • ‘From fraternal chats to nuptial discussions, video-conferencing offers a solution to almost all aspects of personal and professional life.’
    • ‘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
    conference, discussion, dialogue, exchange
    adda
    jaw, gas, confab, gabber
    natter, chinwag, rabbit
    crack
    rap, bull session, gabfest
    convo
    confabulation
    colloquy
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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.
      ‘join me for a live online chat Wednesday at 1400 hours’
      • ‘Their main role in Internet chat is to form a mercenary authority infrastructure in otherwise unregulated chat rooms.’
      • ‘Courses can contain activities such as discussion forums, student journals, quizzes, surveys, assignments, chats and workshops.’
      • ‘Unlike e-mail, which can cost up to 85% less than a phone call, chat doesn't save much.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Features such as chat, polls, and interactive lessons as options presented with the same weight as more traditional textbased resources.’
      • ‘Starting from the bottom and working up, you'll need to get chat working first.’
      • ‘Requests for functionality ranging from live chat to online stores to sophisticated content management functionality may not help the client achieve their business goals.’
      • ‘MSN Messenger 4.7 (which comes standard with Windows XP) does not log chats.’
      • ‘In chat, she will often change the way that she describes herself.’
      • ‘You can search the database by characteristic or member name, contact people through anonymous e-mail and have private chats.’
      • ‘Provide multiple ways (1-800 number, email, live chat) to connect with your company.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘MSN Messenger (like many similar programs) has offered video chat for years.’
      • ‘The former lets parents block Web sites with inappropriate subject matter, as well as chats using predatory language.’
      • ‘Web-based chat usually leaves me cold, I much perfer a standalone client.’
      • ‘We will also be supporting the headset for voice chat.’
      • ‘Chat provides a more real-time discussion format.’
      • ‘The online play supports both dial up and broadband, with broadband users having the option of using a USB headset for chat.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • chat someone up

    • 1Engage someone in flirtatious conversation.

      • ‘And they're not chatting you up because they think you're attractive.’
      • ‘I'm sure that the pharmacist was chatting me 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.’
      • ‘Am I going to regret it or should I keep chatting her up?’
      • ‘My friend goes over to speak to her, and starts 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.’
      • ‘He decided to sit near me and do his version of chatting me up.’
      • ‘He went over to the video clerk and started 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.’
      flirt with, make up to, make advances to, make overtures to, romance
      come on to, give the come-on to, make eyes at, make sheep's eyes at, be all over
      make love to, set one's cap at
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      1. 1.1Talk persuasively to someone, especially with a particular motive.
        ‘I chatted up the editor at the press club’
        • ‘This does not happen by laying down the law on first contact - any more than it would with another human being - you have to court them, chat them up, get them on your side.’
        • ‘When the opposition forcibly occupied the secretary's room to register its protest over being denied an office, he took it in his stride and calmly proceeded to chat them up.’

Origin

Middle English: shortening of chatter.

Pronunciation:

chat

/CHat/

Main definitions of chat in English

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chat2

noun

  • 1[often in combination] A small Old World songbird of the thrush subfamily, with a harsh call and typically with bold black, white, and buff or chestnut coloration.

    whinchat
    and → stonechat
    • ‘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.’
  • 2[with 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

/CHat/