- to engage in or have a propensity for small talk.
Origin of small-talk
- light conversation; chitchat.
Origin of small talk
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Examples from the Web for small-talk
A crisis was expected—but Lady Harriet's small-talk did not suffer.Double Harness
All this small-talk almost vexed me more than the content it gave.The Maid of Sker
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Letitia tried to include me in the small-talk, but she did not succeed.Wanted: A Cook
But I was still "Sir" to him and he hardly "Chummy" to me, and our small-talk was quite small.A Case in Camera
Does she turn you if you have failed to learn your small-talk correctly?Mr. Punch In Society
- light conversation for social occasions
Idioms and Phrases with small-talk
Casual or trivial conversation, chitchat, as in We stood around making small talk until the guest of honor arrived. The small in this expression alludes to unimportant subjects of conversation, as opposed to serious or weighty ones. [Mid-1700s]