chitchat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chitchat talk socially without exchanging too much information "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
    • n chitchat light informal conversation for social occasions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chitchat Familiar or trifling talk; prattle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chitchat Familiar or careless talk or conversation; prattle; gossip.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chitchat chit′chat chatting or idle talk: prattle: gossip.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Chat, by way of reduplication
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A reduplication of Chat.

Usage

In literature:

The little fellow was excited, and broke in upon our quiet chitchat with a rude jar that I felt quite sensibly.
"Home Scenes, and Home Influence" by T. S. Arthur
If there is, I'd rather we just talked about it, instead of making chitchat.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
I considered it best, however, before doing so, to ease things along with a little informal chitchat.
"Right Ho, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
The usual rapid chitchat ensued.
"Continental Monthly , Vol IV, Issue VI, December 1863" by Various
That is why I like tea chitchat.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
They invite and sumptuously entertain at their house Colonel Twaddle and Esquire Chitchat and Governor Smalltalk.
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
And he wasn't accustomed to carrying on long chitchat with aliens.
"Victory" by Lester del Rey
You and Harry hold the others in here with the usual chitchat.
"Hail to the Chief" by Gordon Randall Garrett
This is the letter that Franklin said was mere chitchat between themselves over the second bottle.
"Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume I (of 2)" by Wiliam Cabell Bruce
The interval before dinner, a tolerably long one, is filled up by pleasant chitchat, chiefly in English.
"A Trip to Cuba" by Julia Ward Howe
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In news:

We actually had a chitchat with the BBC/Syfy fantasy series' extremely well-read star, Colin Morgan (the titular Merlin).
Arts Mixed Taste and ChitChat.
Offstage, another La Cosa Nostra regular, Pastor Pedro Martínez, chitchats with a cameraman near the door.
There were new products and services, food, chitchat and bingo, too.
Brockmiller frowns down upon idle chitchat during workouts.
People, in sporadic seizures of idle chitchat, are always saying what they would wish for if they had their lives to live over, so that they could spend the passing years in perfect happiness.
Enterprise social networking players say their tools are for getting work done, not just for chitchat.
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