- light conversation; casual talk; gossip.
- to indulge in chitchat; gossip.
Origin of chitchat
First recorded in 1700–10; gradational compound based on chat
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Examples from the Web for chitchat
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During our talk, I learned immediately that Allred does not have time for chitchat.My Gloria Allred Nightmare
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Chitchat, chit′chat, n. chatting or idle talk: prattle: gossip.
- talk of a gossipy nature
- (intr) to gossip
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Word Origin and History for chitchat
also chit-chat, 1710, diminishing reduplicated form of chat. The verb is attested from 1821. Related: Chitchatting.
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