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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: chatter

chat

2 verb
     
chat2 past tense and past participle chatted, present participle chatting [intransitive]
1 also chat away especially British English to talk in a friendly informal way, especially about things that are not important:
John and I sat up until the early hours chatting.
chat with/to
Mary was there, chatting to her mother.
chat about
Susie chatted away about her social life.
2 to communicate with several people in a chat room on the Internet

chat somebody ↔ up

phrasal verb
British English informal to talk to someone in a way that shows you are sexually attracted to them:
I spent the evening chatting up Liz.
WORD FOCUS: talk WORD FOCUS: talk
chat/natter British English to talk in a friendly way about things that are not very important
gossip
to talk about other people's private lives
drone on
/go on British English/hold forth waffle British English ramble to talk for too long in a boring way
whisper
to talk very quietly
mumble
/murmur mutter to talk in a way that is difficult to hear
talk

See also
talk

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