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chat

[chat] /tʃæt/
verb (used without object), chatted, chatting.
1.
to converse in a familiar or informal manner.
2.
Digital Technology. to participate with one or more people, through the Internet, in a real-time conversation, typically as a series of short text exchanges in a specific application, as instant messaging, or by using images, voice, video, or some combination of these: The kids were able to chat with their grandma online.
Join our online community to chat about TV shows.
noun
3.
informal conversation:
We had a pleasant chat.
4.
Digital Technology. a real-time conversation, as between two or more people or between a representative of a business and a customer, over the Internet or other network:
Join our free video chat.
5.
any of several small Old World thrushes, especially of the genus Saxicola, having a chattering cry.
adjective
7.
Digital Technology. noting or relating to an online chat:
a chat session.
Verb phrases
8.
chat up, Chiefly British.
  1. to talk flirtatiously with.
  2. to talk to in a friendly, open way.
Origin of chat
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; short for chatter
Related forms
chattable, adjective
Synonyms
1, 3. talk, chitchat, gossip, visit.

Chât.

1.
(especially in Bordeaux wines) Château.
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Examples from the Web for chat
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  • Alack, I cannot sleep a wink myself, so as sorrow loves sympathy, I came to have a chat with you.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
  • I was on my way to call on you; but if you will step in to see Mrs Enderby, we can have our chat there.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • She is ready for a chat, but can impart no information whatever concerning the monuments in her charge.

  • "I'm glad of that; we can have a chat," said Hurd, producing his pipe.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • He was working in his garden one day, setting out fruit trees, when a neighbor came along and stopped to chat.

    Ocean to Ocean on Horseback Willard Glazier
British Dictionary definitions for chat

chat1

/tʃæt/
noun
1.
informal conversation or talk conducted in an easy familiar manner
2.
the exchange of messages in an internet or other network chatroom
3.
any Old World songbird of the subfamily Turdinae (thrushes, etc) having a harsh chattering cry See also stonechat, whinchat
4.
any of various North American warblers, such as Icteria virens (yellow-breasted chat)
5.
any of various Australian wrens (family Muscicapidae) of the genus Ephthianura and other genera
verb (intransitive) chats, chatting, chatted
6.
to talk in an easy familiar way
7.
to exchange messages in a chatroom
See also chat up
Word Origin
C16: short for chatter

chat2

/tʃæt/
noun
1.
(archaic or dialect) a catkin, esp a willow catkin
Word Origin
C15: from French chat cat, referring to the furry appearance
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Word Origin and History for chat
v.

mid-15c., "talk idly, babble," short for chatter (v.). Meaning "to converse familiarly" is from 1550s. Sense of "flirt with, ingratiate oneself with" (in later use often with up (adv.)) is from 1898. Related: Chatted; chatting.

n.

1520s, "chatter, frivolous talk;" see chat (v.). Meaning "familiar conversation" is from 1570s. Chat show, for what in U.S. is a talk show, attested from 1969. Chat room in the online sense is attested by 1994, from the days when AOL ruled the Web.

n.

1520s, "chatter, frivolous talk;" see chat (v.). Meaning "familiar conversation" is from 1570s. Chat show, for what in U.S. is a talk show, attested from 1969. Chat room in the online sense is attested by 1994, from the days when AOL ruled the Web.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chat

chat

noun

The capability of exchanging personal messages on a computer network: As you play, you can exchange typedmessages—that'sa featurecalled ''chat'' incomputer lingo—with other players (1980+ Computer)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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