Definition of chat line in US English:

chat line

(also chatline)


  • 1A telephone service that allows conversation among a number of people who call into it separately.

    • ‘Bear in mind, though, that premium rate numbers are also used legitimately for chat lines and for voting on some popular reality television shows.’
    • ‘Sometimes they come to school bleary-eyed after sitting up half the night on chat lines.’
    • ‘Kiernan, a ‘business wizard’ according to Hemphill, was running a phone chatline, and offered Hemphill some shifts to supplement his grant.’
    • ‘A company executive generated £1m a week for a saucy chatline - and was sacked because he wasn't a ‘team player’.’
    • ‘In 1989, the company banned telephone chatlines after discovering people were becoming addicted to them.’
    • ‘The court was told that last February, the Department for Work and Pensions started to investigate employees of a chatline operating in the Bury area.’
    • ‘He said that since he had lost his job he had become very depressed and had made a vast number of calls to chat lines.’
    • ‘Thankfully, when telephone chatlines first emerged, age was against me.’
    • ‘Tom was a guy Victoria had met through a chat line one holiday break.’
    • ‘But I think placing an ad in one of the local papers, or getting on one of the chat lines, could bring just as great a response and variety of individuals.’
    • ‘The entire 170 pages are simply a conversation between a man and a woman who have met on a phone chatline and are speaking to each other at $2 a minute.’
    • ‘Is it possible to have a Sikh chatline where you can talk about the religion, where you can put your ideas together and have more information on Sikhism.’
    • ‘When increased regulations made running the chatline more difficult in Britain, he simply chased business elsewhere.’
    • ‘He moved to Wiltshire a few months later after meeting the mother of the four-year-old girl through a telephone chatline.’
    • ‘It wasn't long before she learned to use the chat lines, and began talking to people from all over the world.’
    1. 1.1 The access to, or connection with, a chat room.
      • ‘A parliamentary chat line could be established.’
      • ‘Often times you don't even have any outlet for your written skills, like a chat line in which you can freely type.’
      • ‘I think they met on some computer chat line last month or so.’
      • ‘I understand she's formed a chat line between all the medics on board the boats so they can know if there are any problems, which is very good.’
      • ‘There is a wide variety of services ranging from weather forecasts, traffic information, opinion polls and horoscope lines to competitions, sports updates, chat lines and other business services.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, with the internet come email, websites, chatlines, multimedia presentations, and occasional opportunities for synchronous communication via internet phones and videoconferencing.’
      • ‘With the advent of the technology age, people now can hook up with potential mates on the internet by chat lines.’
      • ‘She went to a chat line that she often goes to and was eventually messaged by a familiar looking screen name.’
      • ‘He gave me the online address of the help group forum and chat line.’