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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Definitions for chinwag

  1. Slang. an idle chat.
  2. Slang. to chat idly; gossip.

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Citations for chinwag
Mrs. M's recent chin-wag at the kitchen door with the milk-float man was likely to have resulted in more swapping of intelligence than a chin-wag between Lord Haw-Haw and Mata Hari. Alan Bradley, A Red Herring Without Mustard, 2011
He wanted a man's life, men's company, and he would creep around the lorry park waving, gesturing, looking for his mates, making the secret signal that men make to other men, to say they want a chin-wag and a smoke, to say they're lonely, to say they want company but they're not like that. Hilary Mantel, Beyond Black, 2005
Origin of chinwag
Chinwag sounds like a word that Abraham Lincoln used or maybe even coined during his youth on the “far northwest” frontier of Illinois. Actually chinwag is a British colloquialism that first appeared in Punch, the English satirical magazine. Chinwag is more common in British, Irish, and Australian English than in Canadian or American English.