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1 an informal conversation [syn: confab, confabulation, schmooze, schmoose]
2 birds having a chattering call [syn: New World chat]
3 songbirds having a chattering call [syn: Old World chat] v : talk socially without exchanging too much information; "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze" [syn: chew the fat, shoot the breeze, confabulate, confab, chitchat, chatter, chaffer, natter, gossip, jaw, claver, visit] [also: chatting, chatted]

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Etymology 1

Abbreviation of chatter.


  1. To be engaged in informal conversation.
  2. To talk more than a few words.
  3. To converse on a talk show.
  4. To exchange text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, as if having a face-to-face conversation.
to be engaged in informal conversation
  • Finnish: jutella, rupatella
  • German: (formal) sich unterhalten, (informal) plaudern, (dialectal) schwatzen, klönen
to talk more than a few words
  • Finnish: puhella
  • German: sich unterhalten, plaudern, schwatzen, klönen
to converse on a talk show
  • Finnish: keskustella
  • German: sich unterhalten
to exchange messages in real time
  • Finnish: tsättäillä
  • German: sich chatten
  • ttbc Dutch: kletsen
  • ttbc French: discuter, converser (1, 3); clavarder, chatter (4), bavarder
  • Guaraní: mongeta (interlocutor explicit) (1); ñemongeta (interlocutor implicit) (1); ñomongeta (to each other) (1)
  • ttbc Interlingua: conversar, confabular (1); chattar (4)
  • ttbc Portuguese: conversar, bater papo, charlar (1); bater papo, conversar por chat (4)
  • ttbc Romanian: conversa, discuta
  • ttbc Spanish: platicar, charlar; chatear (Internet)
  • Tupinambá: mongetá (interlocutor explicit) (1); nhemongetá (interlocutor implicit) (1); nhomongetá (to each other) (1)


  1. Informal conversation.
  2. A conversation to stop an argument or settle situations.
  3. An exchange of text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, resembling a face-to-face conversation.
  4. A conversation on a talk show.
  5. Any of various small Old World passerine birds in the subfamily Saxicolini that feed on insects.
  6. A louse.
informal conversation
  • Finnish: juttelu, rupattelu
  • German: Schwatz, Geplauder
conversation to stop an argument or settle situations
  • Finnish: keskustelu
  • German: Gespräch
exchange of text or voice messages in real time
  • Finnish: tsätti
  • German: Chat
conversation on a talk show
  • Finnish: keskustelu
  • German: Gespräch
bird in the subfamily Saxicolini
  • German: Schmätzer

Etymology 2

Origin unknown.


  1. In the context of "mining|local use": Mining waste from lead and zinc mines.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 441:
      Frank had been looking at calcite crystals for a while now [...] among the chats or zinc tailings of the Lake County mines, down here in the silver lodes of the Vita Madre and so forth.
mining waste
  • Finnish: rikastusjäte



  1. seven. →



Late Latin cattus.


  • /ʃa/


fr-noun m
  1. (male) cat, tom, tomcat
  2. tag, tig (children's game)



  • lang=ga|[xat̪ˠ]


  1. mutation of cat

Extensive Definition

Chat may refer to:

Other uses

  • Chat (ppp), an automated conversational script with a modem.
  • CHAT, an abbreviation of: Choosing Healthplans All Together, the name given to a simulation exercise in which players decide which benefit types they would like to include in their health insurance package, and what level of service ) they prioritize.
  • ChAT, choline acetyltransferase; an enzyme that synthesises acetylcholine
  • Chat, a kind of bird
  • Chat, the waste rocks produced in mining
  • The French word for Cat
  • Le Chat, a Belgian comic strip
  • Khat, a narcotic plant
  • Chatgroups Groups Community
  • Chats, the way British soldiers referred to delousing in WW1
  • Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, a Jewish secondary school in Toronto
  • Chat, slang for something bad or used when something bad happens
  • Chat, an alternative spelling of the Indian and Pakistani snack food chaat
  • CHAT, an abbreviation of: Checklist for Autisim in Toddlers, which is a medical test
  • CHAT, "chatting" in the WWI context meant searching for lice infestations while resting in trenches.
  • Chat, Kyrgyzstan, a village in Kyrgyzstan
chat in Persian: گپ
chat in French: Chat (homonymie)
chat in Dutch: Chatten
chat in Turkish: Türk Chat

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

babble, babblement, bavardage, be closeted with, bibble-babble, blab, blabber, blah-blah, blather, blether, blethers, bull session, bullshit, burble, cackle, caquet, caqueterie, causerie, chatter, chew the fat, chin, chitter-chatter, clack, clatter, colloque, colloquy, compare, confab, confabulate, confabulation, conversation, converse, coze, cozy chat, dialogue, dish, dither, entice, flirt with, friendly chat, gab, gabble, gam, gas, gibber, gibble-gabble, go on, gossip, guff, gush, haver, heart-to-heart, heart-to-heart talk, hot air, idle talk, induce, inveigle, jabber, jaw, lallygag, little talk, lure, make conversation, mere talk, natter, nonsense talk, palaver, parley, patter, persuade, pour forth, prate, prating, prattle, prevail upon, prittle-prattle, proposition, prose, ramble on, rap, rap session, rattle, rattle on, reel off, run on, seduce, shoot the breeze, small talk, smatter, spout, spout off, talk, talk away, talk nonsense, talk on, talkee-talkee, tempt, tete-a-tete, tinkle, tittle-tattle, twaddle, twattle, twiddle, twitter, visit, waffle, yak, yakkety-yak, yammer, yap, yarn
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