verb (used without object)
- small-claims court,
- small-saver certificate,
- small-scale integration,
Origin of small-talk
Origin of small talk
Examples from the Web for small-talk
Here he was, keeping up a hateful clatter of small-talk, while her heart was aching with suspense.
A rare invitation to luncheon, a permission to call at the sacred hour of small-talk—this was all she could hope for.New Grub Street|George Gissing
He knew how to beat out the faintest shred of an idea into an illimitable surface of small-talk.
I can't accustom myself to small-talk—I can't even listen to it patiently.One Day|Anonymous
Does she turn you if you have failed to learn your small-talk correctly?Mr. Punch In Society|Various
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]