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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [chit-chat]
    • /ˈtʃɪtˌtʃæt/
    • /ˈtʃɪtˌtʃæt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chit-chat]
    • /ˈtʃɪtˌtʃæt/

Definitions of chitchat word

  • uncountable noun chitchat Chitchat is informal talk about things that are not very important. 3
  • noun chitchat talk of a gossipy nature 3
  • verb chitchat to gossip 3
  • noun chitchat light, familiar, informal talk; chat; small talk 3
  • noun chitchat gossip 3
  • noun chitchat light conversation; casual talk; gossip. 1

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Origin of chitchat

First appearance:

before 1700
One of the 50% oldest English words
First recorded in 1700-10; gradational compound based on chat

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Parts of speech for Chitchat


chitchat popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 55% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

chitchat usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for chitchat

noun chitchat

  • gossip — idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others: the endless gossip about Hollywood stars.
  • conversation — If you have a conversation with someone, you talk with them, usually in an informal situation.
  • talk — to communicate or exchange ideas, information, etc., by speaking: to talk about poetry.
  • prattle — to talk in a foolish or simple-minded way; chatter; babble.
  • chat — When people chat, they talk to each other in an informal and friendly way.

verb chitchat

  • discuss — to consider or examine by argument, comment, etc.; talk over or write about, especially to explore solutions; debate: to discuss the proposed law on taxes.
  • babble — If someone babbles, they talk in a confused or excited way.
  • chatter — If you chatter, you talk quickly and continuously, usually about things which are not important.
  • natter — to talk incessantly; chatter.

Antonyms for chitchat

noun chitchat

  • silence — absence of any sound or noise; stillness.

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