A conversationalist is someone who likes to chat, and is good at it. Conversationalists love to have — surprise! — conversations.

If you’re seated at a long formal dinner party, you hope the person next to you is a great conversationalist or you’re in for a long night. A great conversationalist will tell you interesting things and probably make you laugh. For a conversationalist, chatting and bantering come easily. A conversationalist is witty and clever, like Dorothy Parker. A bad conversationalist would say inappropriate things, like tell you about an infection just as you’re taking a bite of mashed potatoes.

Definitions of conversationalist
  1. noun
    someone skilled at conversation
    synonyms: conversationist, schmoozer
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    someone skilled at informal chitchat
    conversational partner, interlocutor
    a person who takes part in a conversation
    type of:
    speaker, talker, utterer, verbaliser, verbalizer
    someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous)
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