What does chat mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chat, confab, confabulation, schmooze, schmoosenoun

    an informal conversation

  2. New World chat, chatnoun

    birds having a chattering call

  3. Old World chat, chatverb

    songbirds having a chattering call

  4. chew the fat, shoot the breeze, chat, confabulate, confab, chitchat, chit-chat, chatter, chaffer, natter, gossip, jaw, claver, visitverb

    talk socially without exchanging too much information

    "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chatnoun

    Idle talk; prate; slight or negligent tattle.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Lords that can prate
    As amply and unnecessarily,
    As this Gonzalo, I myself would make
    A chough of as deep chat. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    The time between before the fire they sat,
    And shorten’d the delay by pleasing chat. Dryden.

    The least is no inconsiderable good, but such as he confesses is far greater than the tickling of his palate with a glass of wine, or the idle chat of a soaking club. John Locke.

    Snuff, or the fan, supplies each pause of chat,
    With singing, laughing, ogling, and all that. Alexander Pope.

  2. Chatnoun

    The keys of trees are called chats, as ash chats.

  3. To CHATverb

    Etymology: from caqueter, Fr. Skinner; perhaps from achat, purchase or cheapening, on account of the prate naturally produced in a bargain; or only, as it is most likely, contracted from chatter.

    Thus chatten the people in their steads,
    Ylike as a monster of many heads. Edmund Spenser, Pastorals.

    Because that I familiarly sometimes,
    Do use you for my fool, and chat with you,
    Your sauciness will jest upon my love. William Shakespeare, Comedy of Errours.

    All tongues speak of him, and the bleared sights
    Are spectacled to see him. Your prattling nurse
    Into a rapture lets her baby cry,
    While she chats him. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The shepherds on the lawn
    Sat simply chatting in a rustick row. John Milton.

    With much goodwill the motion was embrac’d,
    To chat a while on their adventures pass’d. Dryden.


  1. chat

    Chat refers to exchange of messages or conversation in real-time between two or more individuals over the internet or digital platforms. It can also refer to casual, informal conversation or small talk in person. This communication form can occur via text, audio, or video. It is a fundamental feature of many online services including social networks, messaging apps, and online video games.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chatverb

    to talk in a light and familiar manner; to converse without form or ceremony; to gossip

  2. Chatverb

    to talk of

  3. Chatnoun

    light, familiar talk; conversation; gossip

  4. Chatnoun

    a bird of the genus Icteria, allied to the warblers, in America. The best known species are the yellow-breasted chat (I. viridis), and the long-tailed chat (I. longicauda). In Europe the name is given to several birds of the family Saxicolidae, as the stonechat, and whinchat

  5. Chatnoun

    a twig, cone, or little branch. See Chit

  6. Chatnoun

    small stones with ore


  1. Chat

    Chats are a group of small Old World insectivorous birds formerly classed as members of the thrush family Turdidae, but now considered Old World flycatchers. This name is normally applied to the robust ground-feeding flycatchers found in Europe and Asia; these make up most of the subfamily Saxicolinae. There are a large number of genera. Most northern species are strong migrants. Other songbirds called "chats" are: ⁕Australian chats, genera Ashbyia and Epthianura of the honeyeater family. They belong to a more ancient lineage than Saxicolinae. ⁕American chats, genus Granatellus of the cardinal family, formerly placed in the wood-warbler family. They belong to a more modern lineage than Saxicolinae. ⁕Yellow-breasted Chat, an enigmatic North American songbird tentatively placed in the wood-warbler family; its true relationships are unresolved.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chat

    chat, v.i. to talk idly or familiarly:—pr.p. chat′ting; pa.p. chat′ted.—n. familiar, idle talk.—n. Chat′tiness.—adj. Chat′ty, given to chat, talkative. [Short for Chatter.]

  2. Chat

    chat, n. a genus of small birds in the thrush family, of which the wheatear is a familiar example. [From the sound of their voice.]

Editors Contribution

  1. chat

    A conversation or form of communication.

    The utility company has a live chat service for its customers.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 18, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3109

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chat' in Verbs Frequency: #937

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chat in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of chat in a Sentence

  1. Riana Pfefferkorn:

    From an encryption policy standpoint, now is an important time to mount a public relations campaign touting the benefits of an encrypted chat app, americans recognize that they need and deserve privacy and security for their communications, but they may not know that end-to-end encryption is a great way to achieve those needs, or realize that WhatsApp is [ encrypted ] by default.

  2. Keith Salisbury:

    The war fighter needs a decision : ‘ Do I engage or not ? ’ the process in general is a bunch of chat windows open on a computer screen — about 20 or more — and then a bunch of people start looking into systems to find out, ‘ Where is that target ? What are the surrounding facilities ? Are there schools ? Are there hospitals ? Are there civilian populations ? What munition would be appropriate ? Do we engage or not ? By using technology developed by private companies, The Air Force says it saved time and manpower, and even saved nearly a million dollars of fuel per week. ( REUTERS) As part of a Defense Innovation Advisory Board, leaders from technology companies like Pivotal Software went to the Combined Air Operations Center( CAOC) at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar to see how they could help. What they encountered was startling. They saw lots of whiteboards.

  3. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell:

    People get their news from these radio stations, they have social contact through these WhatsApp chat rooms and they read the El Nuevo Herald, so after a few months of this, they believed what they were reading and hearing.

  4. Charmaine Hung:

    We know that inappropriate photos and videos can really ruin peoples' dating experiences. So we want to make sure that you can build trust with someone before, of course, moving into your chat service of choice afterward.

  5. Dane Jakob:

    It could be anti-climactic, there is some 30km of flat between the Col du Grand Colombier and the( last climb to) Mont du Chat.

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Translations for chat

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  • محادثة, دردشةArabic
  • söhbətAzerbaijani
  • бъбря, чатя, чат, разговарямBulgarian
  • xat, xerrarCatalan, Valencian
  • povídatCzech
  • chatte, snakke, sludreDanish
  • unterhalten, schwatzen, Chat, chatten, Geplauder, Schmätzer, Gespräch, klönen, Schwatz, plaudernGerman
  • ψιλοκουβεντιάζω, τηλεσυνδιάσκεψη, τηλεσυνδιασκέπτομαι, κουβεντούλα, ικτερίς, ψιλοκουβέντα, συνομιλώGreek
  • chat, platicar, charla, charlarSpanish
  • گپ زدن, گپيدن, گپPersian
  • tsättäillä, lörpötellä, keskustelu, turista, jutella, rupattelu, horista, rupatella, chatti, juttelu, rikastusjäte, chatata, puhella, tsättiFinnish
  • placoter, bavarder, jaserFrench
  • seanchasScottish Gaelic
  • ꌧꈿNuosu
  • chiacchieraItalian
  • チャット, おしゃべりJapanese
  • fabulorLatin
  • sembang, bualMalay
  • tpaċpiċMaltese
  • chat, gesprek, babbelen, geklets, kletspraat, chatten, kletsen, gebabbel, tapuit, babbelDutch
  • samtaleNorwegian Nynorsk
  • prat, chat, chatte, samtaleNorwegian
  • conversar, bate-papo, papear, conversa, bater papo, chat, papoPortuguese
  • чатиться, разговаривать, чат, чекан, болтовня, болтатьRussian
  • samtal, konversation, snacka, konversera, chatta, tjatt, snack, prata, tjatta, småprat, småprataSwedish
  • คุยกันThai
  • sohbet, kasavan, konuşmaTurkish

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