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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a chat showBritish English, a talk show American English (= in which famous or interesting people talk to someone about themselves)
▪ She was on the chat show to publicize her new novel.
chat line
chat room
chat show host (=person who asks the questions on the show)
▪ a TV chat show host
chat show
▪ a TV chat show host person who asks the questions on the show
▪ A brief chat with auctioneer Robert Smedley gave a good insight into a three-wheel Berkeley 160.
▪ They had a brief chat that Will remembers well.
▪ Instead John Major invites 200 carefully selected friends along for a cosy chat about how rosy the Tory garden is.
▪ These cosy chats often last longer than the lecture itself, but I don't mind.
▪ By now, an artificially cosy chat with an old school friend would have been irrelevant, even an irritant.
▪ Quite often, all that is required is a friendly chat to put your mind at rest.
▪ Usually she loved a good chat, specially with people from the services.
▪ It's not just a question of having a good old chat about the wild 30's.
▪ They came, not during committee meetings in Whitehall, but after informal chats at ministers' houses during the Easter holiday.
▪ Allow a minute or two of informal chat to relax both of you.
▪ However he has at least promised the bleary-eyed hacks that they can attend an informal chat over breakfast.
▪ Some channels are obviously dedicated to specific topics, for example, but most are merely informal chat limes.
▪ When we are engaged in an informal social chat we are not usually trying to express ourselves succinctly or precisely.
▪ It might be an informal chat with some one or it might be a formal meeting with a group of people.
▪ Although we provided theoretical and practical training in peace-building, the women gained a lot from their informal chats.
▪ I saw a psychiatrist often during my stay, up to once a day, although the sessions seemed more like informal chats.
▪ His mood had softened after his little chat with Kirsty.
▪ The vice president who had called him into his office for a little chat nodded.
▪ Sit down, my dear, I'd like to have a little chat with you.
▪ She was always seeking him out for one of her little chats.
▪ I think I shall have to postpone our little chat about the job.
▪ But they talk quite often on the telephone and, when they meet, have long quasi-philosophical chats.
▪ We had a long chat and got to know one another.
▪ They had a long chat in Afrikaans.
▪ We had a long and interesting chat over coffee at a Yonge Street restaurant.
▪ Friday Had a long chat with Dad about which service we should attend.
▪ So we had a nice chat.
▪ This led to a new kind of online chat service with the generic name of instant messaging.
▪ Across the land, every night, teenagers are yakking online in chat rooms with friends and Net acquaintances.
▪ If you are brand new, you can go to the beginning genealogy chat room.
▪ Joining a chat channel, chat room on chat forum is like arriving at a party.
▪ In Internet chat rooms, backpackers debate carrying guns and pepper spray.
▪ Or you might even run to a chat room.
▪ Now it's on every chat room and on all of the talk-radio shows.
▪ The third kind of traffic centre are the meeting areas where people socialize, such as chat rooms.
▪ At any given time, these chat rooms are full.
▪ The little feller, now 72, was in Newcastle to record a Tyne Tees Television chat show.
▪ In January I announced that a chat show host's spouse was to appear in EastEnders.
▪ Mr Andreotti has been cleared in two trials, and is now a chat show regular with a dry wit.
▪ The new faces do include chat show host Chrystal Rose and Dily Braimoh.
▪ He will step down before the election, a decision he announced on a chat show.
▪ I think she's trying to do the same now with the chat show.
▪ Its as much a part of being a modern-day star as appearing on chat shows or signing autographs.
▪ Once reviled figures are being rehabilitated on chat shows.
▪ The two men met yesterday at Tory command in another nearby marginal, Lewisham West, and enjoyed a chat.
▪ He didn't want anything in particular. He just stopped for a chat.
▪ I'm actually glad you're late - it gave Ken and me a chance to have a good chat.
▪ Mary took Tina in the other room for a private chat.
▪ Allow a minute or two of informal chat to relax both of you.
▪ He was a very nice man and said we could come in for a chat.
▪ Informal chats with guests provide an excellent opportunity to meet consumers and answer their questions about farming and food production.
▪ She is a natural chat artiste and has pulled the Oprah act of walking into the crowd in speeches before.
▪ Sit down, my dear, I'd like to have a little chat with you.
▪ You and your companion can learn french, practise yoga - or simply have a coffee and a chat.
▪ And finally Rachel swept them from the kitchen and down the stairs, chatting amiably as she went.
▪ Vice President Gore and Tipper Gore were dancing the night away, chatting amiably as they worked the room.
▪ They were here, in this restaurant, and Fernando was chatting amiably with the head waiter.
▪ Taking a breath, Calipari smiles and wades into the throng, chatting amiably as he obliges each request.
▪ My tour guide is moving right along, chatting amiably, pointing out the sights.
▪ Before leaving on Friday, I try to chat amiably with the librarians.
▪ They resumed their conversation, chatting away late into the evening.
▪ I wanted to stay all afternoon, chatting away, and it seemed like he might have let me.
▪ They would chat away to her about their day until they got down to the schoolwork.
▪ It is not heart-felt, and the two opponents will happily chat away out of sight of the cameras afterwards.
▪ Maud and I have seen you down there chatting away to the empty water.
▪ You two looked very cosy, chatting away out on the deck.
▪ Most of the tables supported big red-and-white parasols beneath which an assortment of elderly ladies were chatting away.
▪ She is a lovely lady as well as a great physio, and we chatted away as she worked on my legs.
▪ Everyone chatted happily, except Susan, who sat alone, not looking up from the magazine she was reading.
▪ It is not heart-felt, and the two opponents will happily chat away out of sight of the cameras afterwards.
▪ But Christopher Taylor will happily chat to you in any one of 18 languages.
▪ The conductor was still chatting happily.
▪ Elaine was now chatting happily with Francis, and Bernice had learnt more about the strangely anachronistic civilization of Arcadia.
▪ They left sticking close to their father and chatting happily to the crowds.
▪ She seemed quite oblivious to the route I was taking as she chatted on about her holiday plans for Ibiza.
▪ She chatted on as I tried to read the title of her book Katie was holding.
▪ Princesse Mathilde chatted on, pretending nothing was amiss.
▪ She noticed his fingers drumming on the table as his fiancée - ex-fiancée - chatted on and on.
▪ He chatted on about the landscape, enthusing at the sights that Ruth had already seen.
▪ The one I mostly chat to is the biology teacher.
▪ She'd have been glad of some one to chat to.
▪ They may sit down at a table to chat to a friend.
▪ To take Fodor's nice example, imagine that you are chatting to an old friend.
▪ The next day I was chatting to friends - Joy and Alan Byne.
▪ Mrs O had been chatting to a close friend for over an hour.
▪ Peter came in and began to chat me up.
▪ After the routine admiration of children, garden, and so on, they began to chat about the office.
▪ She suppressed an embarrassed chortle as the men began to chat about the paper.
▪ A companion who would sit and chat with her, like she and Maisie used to chat?
▪ Jack put the book to one side and the four of them sat chatting over a bottle of wine.
▪ They sat chatting to his clerk, until his door opened and two men emerged.
▪ Mrs Manners would cook a large early dinner and they would sit and chat about the coming year.
▪ We sat and chatted for a couple of hours, but don't ask me what they looked like.
▪ We'd sit around chatting for a bit then go on to whatever was happening that evening.
▪ Each of us sat rather self-consciously chatting with our partners, who displayed varying degrees of rotundity.
▪ She had been knitting a similar pair when she sat chatting with Rosa in Dinard.
▪ Sylvie started to chat about films she'd seen recently.
▪ I just can't stop chatting to the paper.
▪ Smiling residents stroll along a cozy, old-fashioned street; the police chief stops and chats with passing motorists.
▪ The talkative driver hadn't stopped chatting from the moment Mark had entered the cab.
▪ Some are sufficiently realistic that young males try to chat up the female personas they represent.
▪ Before leaving on Friday, I try to chat amiably with the librarians.
▪ Don't try to chat up a girl after eating a kebab.
▪ She was trying to chat up the boy who was serving.
▪ Harry chatted to a couple of Australian tourists as we waited for the show to begin.
▪ The girls were sitting on the steps, chatting.
▪ The two women chatted all evening.
▪ We drank our coffee and chatted about our experiences.
▪ You can chat to Brad Pitt live this evening.
▪ Ever so subtly, still chatting navigation with me, Neil accommodates, reeling Rachel in at just the right time.
▪ However, time passed pleasantly enough, chatting to other members of my group and absorbing the atmosphere of the building.
▪ Meanwhile, over breakfast, we chatted of this and that.
▪ Taking a breath, Calipari smiles and wades into the throng, chatting amiably as he obliges each request.
▪ That would be her neighbour wanting to chat for a few minutes.
▪ We were alone, with a dilatory guard outside chatting with a secretary.
▪ When Dexter met the superintendent twenty minutes later, Blanche stood outside the Inside Out office still chatting to the security guard.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Chat \Chat\ (ch[a^]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Chatted; p. pr. & vb. n. Chatting.] [From Chatter. [root]22.] To talk in a light and familiar manner; to converse without form or ceremony; to gossip.

To chat a while on their adventures.

Syn: To talk; chatter; gossip; converse.


Chat \Chat\, v. t. To talk of. [Obs.]


Chat \Chat\, n.

  1. Light, familiar talk; conversation; gossip.

    Snuff, or fan, supply each pause of chat, With singing, laughing, ogling, and all that.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) A bird of the genus Icteria, allied to the warblers, in America. The best known species are the yellow-breasted chat ( Icteria viridis), and the long-tailed chat ( Icteria longicauda). In Europe the name is given to several birds of the family Saxicolid[ae], as the stonechat, and whinchat.

    Bush chat. (Zo["o]l.) See under Bush.


Chat \Chat\, n.

  1. A twig, cone, or little branch. See Chit.

  2. pl. (Mining) Small stones with ore.

    Chat potatoes, small potatoes, such as are given to swine. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "talk idly, babble," short for chatter (v.). Meaning "to converse familiarly" is from 1550s. Sense of "flirt with, ingratiate oneself with" (in later use often with up (adv.)) is from 1898. Related: Chatted; chatting.


1520s, "chatter, frivolous talk;" see chat (v.). Meaning "familiar conversation" is from 1570s. Chat show, for what in U.S. is a talk show, attested from 1969. Chat room in the online sense is attested by 1994, from the days when AOL ruled the Web.


Etymology 1 n. (context uncountable English) Informal conversation. vb. 1 To be engaged in informal conversation. 2 To talk more than a few words. 3 (context transitive English) To talk of; to discuss. 4 To exchange text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, as if having a face-to-face conversation. Etymology 2

n. A small potato, such as is given to swine. Etymology 3

n. (context mining local use English) mining waste from lead and zinc mines. Etymology 4

alt. (context British Australia NZ WWI military slang English) A louse (gloss: small, parasitic insect). n. (context British Australia NZ WWI military slang English) A louse (gloss: small, parasitic insect). Etymology 5

n. (alternative form of chaat English)

  1. n. 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]

  4. [also: chatting, chatted]

  1. 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]

  2. [also: chatting, chatted]


Chat or chats may refer to:

Chat (bird)
This article is about the Old World chats; see below for other birds called "chats".

Chats (formerly sometimes known as "chat-thrushes") are a group of small Old World insectivorous birds formerly classified as members of the thrush family Turdidae, but now considered Old World flycatchers.

The name is normally applied to the more robust ground-feeding flycatchers found in Europe and Asia and most northern species are strong migrants. There are a large number of genera and these birds in particular make up most of the subfamilySaxicolinae.

Other songbirds called "chats" are:

  • Australian chats, genera Ashbyia and Epthianura of the honeyeater family ( Meliphagidae). They belong to a more ancient lineage than Saxicolinae.
  • American chats, genus Granatellus of the cardinal family ( Cardinalidae), formerly placed in the wood-warbler family. They belong to a more modern lineage than Saxicolinae.
  • Yellow-breasted chat (Icteria virens), an enigmatic North American songbird tentatively placed in the wood-warbler family ( Parulidae); its true relationships are unresolved.
Chat (magazine)

'Chat ' is a British weekly women's magazine, published through the Time Inc., formerly IPC Media group.

Chat (mining)

Chat is a term for fragments of siliceous rock, limestone, and dolomite waste rejected in the lead-zinc milling operations that accompanied lead- zinc mining in the first half of the 20th century. Historic lead and zinc mining in the Midwestern United States was centered in two major areas: the Tri-State area covering more than in southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, and northeastern Oklahoma and the Old Lead Belt covering about in southeastern Missouri. The first recorded mining occurred in the Old Lead Belt in about 1742. The production increased significantly in both the Tri-state area and the Old Lead Belt during the mid-19th century and lasted up to 1970.

Usage examples of "chat".

The two, the fire-goddess and the mountain god, are supposed to be chatting together while their Ainu hosts and hostesses entertain them with song the night long, and with food and drink.

I felt a sudden familiar pang of loss, missing having Aiten waiting in a doorway for me, watching my back before taking his turn with the questions and chat while I looked out for anyone taking too much interest in him.

McDermott looks better than Alphonse does, but not as good as the people standing around drinking coffee and chatting as if they did this every day.

She had chatted with Madame Angelin, and it appeared that the latter wished to enjoy life, at all events for the present, and did not desire to be burdened with children.

He broke off as a party of about a dozen entered the establishment, laughing and chatting loudly, filed past Bruno and Zen and took their places at the large table that had been assembled at the back of the room.

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Not inclined to stop and chat, I took the backstairs down to the whitewashed lower hall, a long basement with shallow windows high in the walls bringing light from outside.

Amir Bedawi and some Englishman chatted as if they were the oldest of friends.

It was a pleasant, homely scene: and Bernardine, who, felt quite at her ease amongst these people, chatted away with them as though she had known them all her life.

On the Blowfish, I chatted with Dick, the state trooper, a pretty affable guy of about forty.

I chatted to Bowlegs and he scratched his chin and wrote a few smudged figures on an invoice while his young assistant filled the gas tanks and money changed hands.

When, as the new season got under way, he continued, reluctantly, to decline any and all invitations, even one so little compromising as to accept a drink and stop to chat with a boxholder during one of the duller ensembles, when drinks and chat were the order of the day, Mr.

Now I watch as the two women -- my young Aenea and the ancient form in the palanquin -- chat and laugh easily as both parties wait to cross the cableway across the Langma Abyss.

Laurie chatted and applauded readily enough, but she picked at both her capellini and dessert, and several times fingered the cell phone on the table beside her elbow.

Abdullah himself, when he was not visiting one of the public parks, usually sat on a pile of his less good carpets in the shade in front of his stall, drinking fruit juice, or wine if he could afford it, and chatting lazily with Jamal.