Origin of chat

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

Synonyms for chat


(especially in Bordeaux wines) Château.
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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




informal conversation or talk conducted in an easy familiar manner
the exchange of messages in an internet or other network chatroom
any Old World songbird of the subfamily Turdinae (thrushes, etc) having a harsh chattering crySee also stonechat, whinchat
any of various North American warblers, such as Icteria virens (yellow-breasted chat)
any of various Australian wrens (family Muscicapidae) of the genus Ephthianura and other genera

verb chats, chatting or chatted (intr)

to talk in an easy familiar way
to exchange messages in a chatroom
See also chat up

Word Origin for chat

C16: short for chatter




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.

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