from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To converse in an easy, familiar manner; talk lightly and casually.
- intransitive v. Computer Science To participate in a synchronous exchange of remarks with one or more people over a computer network.
- n. An informal, light conversation.
- n. Computer Science A synchronous exchange of remarks over a computer network.
- n. Any of several birds known for their chattering call, as of the genera Saxicola or Icteria.
- chat up To engage (someone) in light, casual talk: "He would be . . . chatting up folks from Kansas” ( Vanity Fair).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be engaged in informal conversation.
- v. To talk more than a few words.
- v. To exchange text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, as if having a face-to-face conversation.
- n. Informal conversation.
- n. A conversation to stop an argument or settle situations.
- n. An exchange of text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, resembling a face-to-face conversation.
- n. Any of various small Old World passerine birds in the subfamily Saxicolini that feed on insects.
- n. A louse.
- n. small potatoes, such as are given to swine
- n. Alternative form of chaat.
- n. Mining waste from lead and zinc mines.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To talk in a light and familiar manner; to converse without form or ceremony; to gossip.
- transitive v. To talk of.
- n. Light, familiar talk; conversation; gossip.
- n. A bird of the genus Icteria, allied to the warblers, in America. The best known species are the yellow-breasted chat (Icteria viridis), and the long-tailed chat (Icteria longicauda). In Europe the name is given to several birds of the family Saxicolidæ, as the stonechat, and whinchat.
- n. A twig, cone, or little branch. See chit.
- n. Small stones with ore.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To converse in a familiar manner; talk without form or ceremony.
- To talk of; converse about.
- n. Free, informal speech; familiar conversation.
- n. Idle talk; chatter.
- n. Synonyms See prattle, n.
- n. A name of several different birds. Any bird of the family Saxicolidœ, as a stonechat, whinchat, or wheatear. There are many species, chiefly African
- n. A cat. See cat.
- n. A catkin.
- n. A key or samara of the ash or maple.
- n. A twig; a little stick; a fragment.
- n. A child.
- n. Impudence or impudent talk.
- n. The point or question to be settled.
- n. A small potato of inferior quality.
- n. A small piece of coal.
- n. In mining, a piece of ore with stone adhering to it; in the plural (also singular), ore in this state (usually called in the United States raggings): a middle product made in the concentration of ore, consisting of particles of gangue containing included grains of valuable mineral.
- n. plural The tailings or waste product from the concentration of ore.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. talk socially without exchanging too much information
- n. songbirds having a chattering call
- n. an informal conversation
- n. birds having a chattering call
Middle English chatten, to jabber, alteration of chateren; see chatter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Abbreviation of chatter. (Wiktionary)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)