Nearby words

  1. chastise,
  2. chastisement,
  3. chastity,
  4. chastity belt,
  5. chasuble,
  6. chat room,
  7. chat show,
  8. chat up,
  9. chatbot,
  10. chateau

Origin of chat

1400–50; late Middle English; short for chatter

Related formschat·ta·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chat up

chat up

verb (tr, adverb) British informal

to talk flirtatiously to (a person), esp with the intention of seducing him or her
to talk persuasively to (a person), esp with an ulterior motive


/ (tʃæt) /


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


/ (tʃæt) /


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 up
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with chat up

chat up


Talk flirtatiously to, as in Leave it to Charlie to chat up the girls. This usage is mostly but not entirely British. [Late 1800s]


Engage in light, friendly talk, as in He was soon chatting up all the board members. [Mid-1900s]

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