1. A twig, cone, or little branch. See Chit.
2. pl. Mining Small stones with ore.
Chat potatoes, small potatoes, such as are given to swine. [Local.]
Chat, v. t. To talk of. [Obs.]
1. Light, familiar talk; conversation; gossip.
Snuff, or fan, supply each pause of chat,
With singing, laughing, ogling, and all that. --Pope.
2. Zool. A bird of the genus Icteria, allied to the warblers, in America. The best known species are the yellow-breasted chat (Icteria viridis), and the long-tailed chat (Icteria longicauda). In Europe the name is given to several birds of the family Saxicolidæ, as the stonechat, and whinchat.
Bush chat. Zool. See under Bush.
Chat v. i. [imp. & p. p. Chatted; p. pr. & vb. n. Chatting.] To talk in a light and familiar manner; to converse without form or ceremony; to gossip.
To chat a while on their adventures. --Dryden.
Syn: -- To talk; chatter; gossip; converse.
n 1: an informal conversation [syn: confab, confabulation, schmooze,
2: birds having a chattering call [syn: New World chat]
3: songbirds having a chattering call [syn: Old World chat]
v : talk socially without exchanging too much information; "the
men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
[syn: chew the fat, shoot the breeze, confabulate,
confab, chitchat, chatter, chaffer, natter, gossip,
jaw, claver, visit]
[also: chatting, chatted]