by-talk

[ bahy-tawk ]
/ ˈbaɪˌtɔk /

noun

incidental conversation; small talk; chitchat.

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Origin of by-talk

First recorded in 1555–65; by- + talk
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Example sentences from the Web for by-talk

  • To this bit of by-talk the Commissioner and Martin had been paying a desultory attention as they sipped their tea.

    The Locusts' Years|Mary Helen Fee