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chitchat

[chit-chat]
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noun
  1. light conversation; casual talk; gossip.
verb (used without object), chit·chat·ted, chit·chat·ting.
  1. to indulge in chitchat; gossip.

Origin of chitchat

First recorded in 1700–10; gradational compound based on chat
Related formschit·chat·ty, adjective
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chitchat

noun
  1. talk of a gossipy nature
verb -chats, -chatting or -chatted
  1. (intr) to gossip
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Word Origin and History for chitchat

n.

also chit-chat, 1710, diminishing reduplicated form of chat. The verb is attested from 1821. Related: Chitchatting.

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