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verb (used without object), chat·ted, chat·ting.
  1. to converse in a familiar or informal manner.
  2. 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.
  1. informal conversation: We had a pleasant chat.
  2. 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.
  3. any of several small Old World thrushes, especially of the genus Saxicola, having a chattering cry.
  4. yellow-breasted chat.
  1. Digital Technology. noting or relating to an online chat: a chat session.
Verb Phrases
  1. chat up, Chiefly British.
    1. to talk flirtatiously with.
    2. to talk to in a friendly, open way.

Origin of chat

1400–50; late Middle English; short for chatter
Related formschat·ta·ble, adjective

Synonyms for chat

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  1. (especially in Bordeaux wines) Château. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for chat

Contemporary Examples of chat

Historical Examples of chat

  • They were early, and had time for a chat before starting out.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • 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.

  • 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.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for chat


  1. informal conversation or talk conducted in an easy familiar manner
  2. the exchange of messages in an internet or other network chatroom
  3. any Old World songbird of the subfamily Turdinae (thrushes, etc) having a harsh chattering crySee also stonechat, whinchat
  4. any of various North American warblers, such as Icteria virens (yellow-breasted chat)
  5. any of various Australian wrens (family Muscicapidae) of the genus Ephthianura and other genera
verb chats, chatting or chatted (intr)
  1. to talk in an easy familiar way
  2. to exchange messages in a chatroom
See also chat up

Word Origin for chat

C16: short for chatter


  1. archaic, or dialect a catkin, esp a willow catkin

Word Origin for chat

C15: from French chat cat, referring to the furry appearance
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper