WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
chat /tʃæt/USA pronunciation
v., chat•ted, chat•ting, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to talk in an informal way:[no object]We chatted for a while in the café.
- British Termschat up, Brit. to talk to in a friendly way in order to try to flirt with (someone): [ ~ + up + obj]:He was chatting up every girl who walked into the pub.[ ~ + obj + up]:chatting him up shamelessly.
- an informal conversation:a nice long chat about my future.
(chat),USA pronunciation v., chat•ted, chat•ting, n. v.i.
- to converse in a familiar or informal manner.
- British Termschat up, [Chiefly Brit.]
- to talk flirtatiously with.
- to talk to in a friendly, open way.
- informal conversation:We had a pleasant chat.
- Birdsany of several small Old World thrushes, esp. of the genus Saxicola, having a chattering cry.
- BirdsSee yellow-breasted chat.
- 1400–50; late Middle English; short for chatter
Wine(esp. in Bordeaux wines) Château.
- 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged talk, chitchat, gossip, visit.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
chat /tʃæt/ n
vb (chats, chatting, chatted)(intransitive)
- informal conversation or talk conducted in an easy familiar manner
- the exchange of messages in an internet or other network chatroom
- any Old World songbird of the subfamily Turdinae (thrushes, etc) having a harsh chattering cry
- any of various North American warblers, such as Icteria virens (yellow-breasted chat)
- any of various Australian wrens (family Muscicapidae) of the genus Ephthianura and other genera
See also chat upEtymology: 16th Century: short for chatter
- to talk in an easy familiar way
- to exchange messages in a chatroom
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