chatted, chatting

verb (I) especially BrE also chat away to talk in a friendly informal way, especially about things that are not important: Danny and Paul chatted away like old friends. (+ about): We sat in the café for hours chatting about our experiences. (+ with/to): Helen chatted with most of the guests at the party. chat sb up phrasal verb (T) BrE to talk to someone in a way that shows you are sexually attracted to them: We found Doug in the bar trying to chat up a waitress.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Chatting — 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. Shak. [1913 Webster] To chat a while on their… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chat — chattable, adj. /chat/, v., chatted, chatting, n. v.i. 1. to converse in a familiar or informal manner. v.t. 2. chat up, Chiefly Brit. a. to talk flirtatiously with. b. to talk to in a friendly, open way. n. 3. informal conversation: We had a… …   Universalium

  • chat — I. verb (chatted; chatting) Etymology: Middle English chatten, short for chatteren Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. chatter, prattle 2. a. to talk in an informal or familiar manner b. to take pa …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chat — (v.) mid 15c., short for CHATTER (Cf. chatter) (q.v.). Related: Chatted; chatting. As a noun, from 1520s. Chat room in the online sense is attested by 1994, from the days when AOL ruled the Internet …   Etymology dictionary

  • chat — I. /tʃæt / (say chat) verb (i) (chatted, chatting) 1. to converse in a familiar or informal manner. 2. Internet to take part in real time communication using internet relay chat. –noun 3. a short informal conversation: a pleasant chat. 4.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • chat — ► VERB (chatted, chatting) 1) talk in an informal way. 2) (chat up) informal engage in flirtatious conversation. ► NOUN ▪ an informal conversation. ORIGIN shortening of CHATTER( …   English terms dictionary

  • chat — chat1 [chat] vi. chatted, chatting [< CHATTER] 1. to talk or converse in a light, easy, informal manner 2. Comput. to hold an electronic conversation by exchanging typed messages: the messages appear on each participant s computer screen as… …   English World dictionary

  • chat — 1. v. & n. v.intr. (chatted, chatting) talk in a light familiar way. n. 1 informal conversation or talk. 2 an instance of this. Phrases and idioms: chat show Brit. a television or radio programme in which celebrities are interviewed informally.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chit-chat — n. & v. colloq. n. light conversation; gossip. v.intr. ( chatted, chatting) talk informally; gossip. Etymology: redupl. of CHAT(1) …   Useful english dictionary

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