chit-chat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chit-chat talk socially without exchanging too much information "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
    • n chit-chat light informal conversation for social occasions
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Usage

In literature:

Eleven o'clock Monday morning in the middle of a busy fall season is not a propitious moment for idle chit-chat.
"Emma McChesney & Co." by Edna Ferber
The average Far Oriental, indeed, talks as much to no purpose as his Western cousin, only in his chit-chat politeness replaces personalities.
"The Soul of the Far East" by Percival Lowell
Instead of Chat I should call it Chit-Chat!
"New Grub Street" by George Gissing
But little we cared; no more than we had cared for the chit-chat of Norton Bury.
"John Halifax, Gentleman" by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Without philosophy the ordinary ironical chit-chat would be vapid.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
There is a sort of chit-chat, or SMALL TALK, which is the general run of conversation at courts, and in most mixed companies.
"The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son" by The Earl of Chesterfield
The style, indeed, is mere chit-chat.
"Notes & Queries 1849.12.22" by Various
Chit Chat of the Day, 394.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
In 1877 I had the good fortune to join the Chit-Chat Club, which had been formed three years before on very simple lines.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
Under cover of chit-chat and vocal-waltzes, we heard reports and issued orders.
"The Son of Clemenceau" by Alexandre (fils) Dumas
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In poetry:

See! the boat is dashing onward,
Through the trackless ocean, bold,
While the merry chit-chat gaily
Echoes through her splendid hold.
"Lines On Hearing Of The Burning Of The Steamer "Lexington."" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

When he's walking toward the locker room in the Knicks' practice facility, where reporters congregate to talk to players, he's not slowing down to say hello or chit-chat.
Weekend Chit -chat with Kaneland boys cross country's Conor Johnson.
Ann Romney Surprises Florida Volunteers with Pizza and Chit Chat (Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).
Ann Romney Surprises Florida Volunteers with Pizza and Chit Chat.
Published Saturday, August 18, 2012, at 7:05 a.m. John Hennessy has 15 years' experience in the wireless phone business, owning and running a chain of Chit Chat Wireless stores in Wichita, Missouri, Texas and New Mexico.
Television RAW Packs the Powerhouse with Chit Chat First and Art Second.
Enough of the chit -chat – let's have a meaningful conversation.
Chit chat with the brewer in Marietta.
In the wee hours of a recent Wednesday, an unlikely couple entered the Chit Chat Lounge.
Weekend Chit-chat with Kaneland boys cross country's Conor Johnson.
Enough of the chit-chat – let's have a meaningful conversation.
CRM / Voice of Experience: Cut the Chit-Chat .
At Budget Inn and Suites Orlando West, IHOP Restaurant and Chit Chat Lounge are on-site and will surely satisfy your hunger.
She organized a quarterly networking event for creatives , called PechaKucha (pronounced pa-CHECK-a-cha, it means chit-chat in Japanese).
Gotta get to work on that, so no time for idle chit-chat here.
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