Pronunciation Verb

chat (chats, present participle chatting; past and past participle chatted)

  1. To be engaged in informal conversation.
    She chatted with her friend in the cafe.
    I like to chat over a coffee with a friend.
  2. To talk more than a few words.
    I met my old friend in the street, so we chatted for a while.
  3. (transitive) To talk of; to discuss.
    They chatted politics for a while.
  4. To exchange text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, as if having a face-to-face conversation.
    Do you want to chat online later?
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: tchatter
  • German: chatten
  • Portuguese: bater papo, conversar
  • Russian: ча́титься


  1. (uncountable) Informal conversation.
  2. A conversation to stop an argument or settle situations.
  3. (totum pro parte, typically with definite article, video gaming) The entirety of users in a chatroom or a single member thereof.
    The Chat just made a joke about my skills.
  4. An exchange of text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, resembling a face-to-face conversation.
  5. Any of various small Old World passerine birds in the muscicapid tribe Saxicolini or subfamily Saxicolinae that feed on insects.
  6. Any of several small Australian honeyeaters in the genus Epthianura.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Schmätzer
  • Russian: чека́н


  1. A small potato, such as is given to swine.

chat (plural chats)

  1. (mining, local use) Mining waste from lead and zinc mines.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 441:
      Frank had been looking at calcite crystals for a while now [...] among the chats or zinc tailings of the Lake County mines, down here in the silver lodes of the Vita Madre and so forth.

chat (plural chats)

  1. (British, Australia, NZ, WWI military slang) A louse small, parasitic insect.
    • 1977, Mary Emily Pearce, Apple Tree Lean Down, page 520:
      'Do officers have chats, then, the same as us?'
      'Not the same, no. The chats they got is bigger and better, with pips on their shoulders and Sam Browne belts.'
    • 2007, How Can I Sleep when the Seagull Calls? ISBN 978-1-4357-1811-1, page 18:
      May a thousand chats from Belgium crawl under their fingers as they write.

chat (plural chats)

  1. Alternative form of chaat


chat (uncountable)

  1. Acronym of cultural-historical activity theory

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