- to converse in a familiar or informal manner.
- 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.
- informal conversation: We had a pleasant chat.
- 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.See also instant messaging, chat room.
- any of several small Old World thrushes, especially of the genus Saxicola, having a chattering cry.
- yellow-breasted chat.
- Digital Technology. noting or relating to an online chat: a chat session.
- chat up, Chiefly British.
- to talk flirtatiously with.
- to talk to in a friendly, open way.
Origin of chat
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- (especially in Bordeaux wines) Château.
Examples from the Web for chat
You have no idea how much I would have liked to be able to chat with you face to face.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
He stops the monologues and we begin to chat about the script.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Then he sent me a text and asked if we could “chat,” and he invited me to do it.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
Before long, however, he began to feel out of place and went back downstairs for a while to chat up the cook.‘I Saved My Friend From Bill Cosby’
December 3, 2014
Johnson recalled that Brown paused to chat with some construction workers.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America
November 26, 2014
They were early, and had time for a chat before starting out.Life in London
Not a day passed on which Rosa did not come to have her chat with Cornelius.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
And so, on this occasion, he did not seek to avoid the chat on which Pierre was bent.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I know them all, and I think they like me, because I chat to them.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
And as we are alone here together it occurred to me that it might do me good to have a chat with you.Fruitfulness
- informal conversation or talk conducted in an easy familiar manner
- the exchange of messages in an internet or other network chatroom
- any Old World songbird of the subfamily Turdinae (thrushes, etc) having a harsh chattering crySee also stonechat, whinchat
- any of various North American warblers, such as Icteria virens (yellow-breasted chat)
- any of various Australian wrens (family Muscicapidae) of the genus Ephthianura and other genera
- to talk in an easy familiar way
- to exchange messages in a chatroom
- archaic, or dialect a catkin, esp a willow catkin
Word Origin and History for chat
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.
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.