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noun
light conversation; chitchat.
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Origin of small talk

First recorded in 1745–55

Other definitions for small talk (2 of 2)

small-talk
[ smawl-tawk ]
/ ˈsmɔlˌtɔk /

verb (used without object)
to engage in or have a propensity for small talk.

Origin of small-talk

First recorded in 1780–90
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British Dictionary definitions for small talk

small talk

noun
light conversation for social occasions
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Other Idioms and Phrases with small talk

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]

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