American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Casual or trivial conversation.
- n. idiomatic Idle conversation, typically on innocuous or unimportant subjects, usually engaged in at social gatherings out of politeness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. light or trifling conversation; chitchat.
- n. light informal conversation for social occasions
“We played our ten songs, without too much talk or conversation between each, just one into the next, as none of us had the nerve to make the small talk you usually hear from bandstands.”
“I'd make small talk for a few minutes, ask about Doris C., the woman he had married four years earlier, and then I'd tell him the situation with Jason.”
“Judge Moran, who was not one for small talk or speech giving, asked each side if they were ready to proceed and brought the jury in.”
“He said without small talk that he was calling with respect to Nan VanVleet and an idea she had for a book.”
“Our small talk sounded so stupid, but Mr. and Mrs. Cordero smiled politely.”
“Spock appreciated that Warde did not bother to engage in small talk in the meantime.”
“I was up against an unscalable wall of therapy textbooks, where the grouting of small talk was scraped away and discarded.”
“Jake keeps the small talk rolling: Freshman English is just plain boringthink”
“In the interim, Id had time to make small talk with one of the Englishmans friends, who lived half the year in Miami, it turned out.”
“Blonde bubbleheads or connivers setting themselves up to be Mrs. Money struggled to make small talk with kinky grad students.”
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