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[chat-ee] /ˈtʃæt i/
adjective, chattier, chattiest.
characterized by friendly and informal talk or writing, often about minor or personal matters:
a long, chatty letter from my sister.
given to such talk:
a lovable, chatty old man.
Origin of chatty
First recorded in 1755-65; chat + -y1
Related forms
chattily, adverb
chattiness, noun
1. talky, voluble, gossipy, talkative, newsy. Unabridged
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  • For a time our coffee made us chatty, and our conversation was animated.

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  • That is to say, she was chatty; and to be chatty is no slight recommendation at sea.

  • Lingard put the chatty on the table and looked at him in attentive silence.

  • She was chatty as a camp bird, and saw everything, and wanted to know about it.

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  • She was chatty and intensely friendly with them all during the brief drive.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
British Dictionary definitions for chatty


adjective -tier, -tiest
full of trivial conversation; talkative
informal and friendly; gossipy: a chatty letter
Derived Forms
chattily, adverb
chattiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chatty

"fond of chatting," 1746, from chat + -y (2). Related: Chattily; chattiness.

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