WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
chat /tʃæt/USA pronunciation   v.,  chat•ted, chat•ting, n. 
v. 
  1. to talk in an informal way:[no object]We chatted for a while in the café.
  2. 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.

n. [countable]
  1. an informal conversation:a nice long chat about my future.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
chat  (chat),USA pronunciation v.,  chat•ted, chat•ting, n. 
v.i. 
  1. to converse in a familiar or informal manner.

v.t. 
  1. British Termschat up, [Chiefly Brit.]
    • to talk flirtatiously with.
    • to talk to in a friendly, open way.

n. 
  1. informal conversation:We had a pleasant chat.
  2. Birdsany of several small Old World thrushes, esp. of the genus Saxicola, having a chattering cry.
  3. BirdsSee  yellow-breasted chat. 
chatta•ble, adj. 
  • 1400–50; late Middle English; short for chatter
    • 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged talk, chitchat, gossip, visit.

Chât., 
  • Wine(esp. in Bordeaux wines) Château.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    chat /tʃæt/ n
    1. informal conversation or talk conducted in an easy familiar manner
    2. the exchange of messages in an internet or other network chatroom
    3. any Old World songbird of the subfamily Turdinae (thrushes, etc) having a harsh chattering cry
    4. any of various North American warblers, such as Icteria virens (yellow-breasted chat)
    5. any of various Australian wrens (family Muscicapidae) of the genus Ephthianura and other genera
    vb (chats, chatting, chatted)(intransitive)
    1. to talk in an easy familiar way
    2. to exchange messages in a chatroom

    See also chat upEtymology: 16th Century: short for chatter



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