verb (used without object), chat·ted, chat·ting.

  1. to converse in a familiar or informal manner.
  2. Digital Technology. to participate with one or more people, through the Internet, in a real-time conversation, typically as a series of short text exchanges in a specific application, as instant messaging, or by using images, voice, video, or some combination of these: The kids were able to chat with their grandma online. Join our online community to chat about TV shows.


  1. informal conversation: We had a pleasant chat.
  2. Digital Technology. a real-time conversation, as between two or more people or between a representative of a business and a customer, over the Internet or other network: Join our free video chat.See also instant messaging, chat room.
  3. any of several small Old World thrushes, especially of the genus Saxicola, having a chattering cry.
  4. yellow-breasted chat.


  1. Digital Technology. noting or relating to an online chat: a chat session.

Verb Phrases

  1. chat up, Chiefly British.
    1. to talk flirtatiously with.
    2. to talk to in a friendly, open way.


  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 crySee also stonechat, whinchat
  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

verb chats, chatting or chatted (intr)

  1. to talk in an easy familiar way
  2. to exchange messages in a chatroom


  1. archaic, or dialect a catkin, esp a willow catkin

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.


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.

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