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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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  • You're such a chatty, entertaining, communicative cuss on first acquaintance, too.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • “I shall be perfectly pleasant and chatty to him,” said Luke resolutely.

    If Winter Don't Barry Pain
  • chatty Squirrel ran a little way toward him, but was afraid to venture far.

  • On week-days the children knew her to be bustling and chatty and fond of a jest.

    Christmas Light Ethel Calvert Phillips
  • It was after chatty had fulfilled this duty, and everybody was serenely preparing to go to bed, that the change came.

    A Country Gentleman and his Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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