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chat (v.)

mid-15c., "talk idly, babble," short for chatter (v.). Meaning "to converse familiarly" is from 1550s. Sense of "flirt with, ingratiate oneself with" (later often with up (adv.)) is from 1898. Related: Chatted; chatting.

chat (n.)

1520s, "chatter, frivolous talk;" see chat (v.). Meaning "familiar conversation" is from 1570s. As a name for birds with chattering cries, 1690s. Chat show for what in U.S. is a talk show is attested from 1967. Chat room in the online sense is attested by 1994, from the days when AOL ruled the World Wide Web.

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Definitions of chat from WordNet
1
chat (n.)
an informal conversation;
Synonyms: confab / confabulation / schmooze / schmoose
chat (n.)
birds having a chattering call;
Synonyms: New World chat
chat (n.)
songbirds having a chattering call;
Synonyms: Old World chat
2
chat (v.)
talk socially without exchanging too much information;
Synonyms: chew the fat / shoot the breeze / confabulate / confab / chitchat / chit-chat / chatter / chaffer / natter / gossip / jaw / claver / visit
From wordnet.princeton.edu