Etymology
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chit-chat (n.)

also chitchat, "familiar or trivial talk, gossip," 1710, diminishing reduplicated form of chat. The verb is attested from 1821. Related: Chit-chatting.

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Definitions of chit-chat
1
chit-chat (v.)
talk socially without exchanging too much information;
Synonyms: chew the fat / shoot the breeze / chat / confabulate / confab / chitchat / chatter / chaffer / natter / gossip / jaw / claver / visit
2
chit-chat (n.)
light informal conversation for social occasions;
Synonyms: chitchat / chit chat / small talk / gab / gabfest / gossip / tittle-tattle / chin wag / chin-wag / chin wagging / chin-wagging / causerie
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