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small talk



  1. light conversation; chitchat.

    Synonyms: gossip, chatter, banter



[ smawl-tawk ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to engage in or have a propensity for small talk.

small talk


  1. light conversation for social occasions

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Word History and Origins

Origin of small talk1

First recorded in 1745–55

Origin of small talk2

First recorded in 1780–90

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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

Finally, they consume the meal while making pleasant small talk in front of an Instagram-y backdrop meant to evoke Tulum, or a retro diner, or, more abstractly, Lucky Charms cereal.

From Time

This could be through presentations or small talk where people will be a bit rusty.

From Digiday

We love small talk, and finding connections to people we try to hire like where they are from.

“I really appreciated how she was also capable of moving past small talk pretty quickly,” said Dan.

To this end, I pick up trash on sidewalks and make a point of making small talk with people I meet while running errands.

This is what passes for small talk in English drawing rooms.

At a youth boxing gym up the street, Malloy tries to make small talk with the kids.

It was small talk, but something about the way Robin looked at me made it feel like he truly cared.

We had only been making small talk for a few minutes when he aired his views on the relative attractiveness of Semitic females.

All likely had some uncomfortable small talk to make at the water cooler when they got back.

But her flow of small talk, the conversational stop-gap of the woman accustomed to social amenities, went on placidly.

"Your idea of small talk is rather peculiar," was Iver's dry comment.

For nearly sixty years his outr acts of devotion afforded small-talk for the Court of France.

He, as well as Madam de Broglie, was a master of all the modish and fashionable small talk jargon of Paris.

She tried to give it a name while Harry's small-talk trickled vaguely through her brain.


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