Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Casual conversation; small talk.
  • n. Gossip.
  • intransitive v. To engage in small talk or gossip.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of chit-chat.
  • v. Alternative spelling of chit-chat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Familiar or trifling talk; prattle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Familiar or careless talk or conversation; prattle; gossip.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. light informal conversation for social occasions
  • n. light informal conversation for social occasions
  • v. talk socially without exchanging too much information
  • v. talk socially without exchanging too much information
  • n. light informal conversation for social occasions

Etymologies

Reduplication of chat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • More to the point, one wonders whether this sort of chitchat is really authentic enough to justify its dullness.

    The Prisoner of Cool

  • He has things to do before he takes the field against the archrival Dodgers, and idle chitchat is not one of them.

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  • Tokyo architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein hit on the antidote to presentation overload - a style they dubbed pecha-kucha, Japanese for "chitchat" - and their elegant solution is taking the world by storm.

    NPR Topics: News

  • They only had a few phone conversations, described as "chitchat".

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  • Asked about what he called his "chitchat" with the queen, he says only: "It's a secret between me and mum."

    CBS guru: 1 loss in SEC trumps 12-0 elsewhere

  • GupShup (Hindi for "chitchat") launched three years ago to offer two kinds of messaging services.

    Tweeting in 2G

  • GupShup Hindi for "chitchat" launched three years ago to offer two kinds of messaging services.

    Tweeting in 2G

  • Her tidy home was always (and is still) the place to go for "chitchat," a "cookie party" or a cold "Coke float" on a hot summer day.

    100 Minus 2

  • She felt obligated to make some kind of chitchat, however desultory.

    In a Strange City

  • That their chitchat is a modern version of the fraudulent showbiz crap I was expected to do forty years ago in Mike Douglas’s gazebo.

    Last Words

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