Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Casual conversation; small talk.
  • noun Gossip.
  • intransitive verb To engage in small talk or gossip.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Familiar or trifling talk; prattle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of chit-chat.
  • verb Alternative spelling of chit-chat.

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

  • noun light informal conversation for social occasions
  • verb talk socially without exchanging too much information
  • noun light informal conversation for social occasions
  • noun light informal conversation for social occasions
  • verb talk socially without exchanging too much information

Etymologies

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

[Reduplication of chat.]

Examples

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

    The Prisoner of Cool

  • 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.

    USATODAY.com - Focused on the finish line

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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