When you chat, you have a brief, casual conversation. You might chat with your mail carrier when she delivers a package to your door.

If you're in a talkative mood, you can chat with your roommate, the bus driver, your boss, and a drugstore cashier all before lunchtime. The conversation that happens when you chat is also called a chat: "Let's sit down and have a chat sometime this week." The earliest meaning of chat was "frivolous talk," which now is more likely to be called chatter or chitchat.

Definitions of chat
  1. verb
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
    synonyms: chaffer, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
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    jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze
    talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
    type of:
    converse, discourse
    carry on a conversation
  2. noun
    an informal conversation
    synonyms: confab, confabulation, schmoose, schmooze
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    causerie, chin wag, chin wagging, chin-wag, chin-wagging, chit chat, chit-chat, chitchat, gab, gabfest, gossip, small talk, tittle-tattle
    light informal conversation for social occasions
    type of:
    the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
  3. noun
    birds having a chattering call
    synonyms: New World chat
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    Icteria virens, yellow-breasted chat
    American warbler noted for imitating songs of other birds
    type of:
    New World warbler, wood warbler
    small bright-colored American songbird with a weak unmusical song
  4. noun
    songbirds having a chattering call
    synonyms: Old World chat
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    Saxicola torquata, stonechat
    common European chat with black plumage and a reddish-brown breast
    Saxicola rubetra, whinchat
    brown-and-buff European songbird of grassy meadows
    type of:
    songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
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