chat


chat
chat vb Chat, gab, chatter, patter, prate, prattle, babble, gabble, jabber, gibber denote to emit a loose and ready flow of inconsequential talk or as nouns the talk so emitted.
To chat is to talk in light, easy, and pleasant fashion
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in easy mirth we chatted o'er the trifles of the day before— William Whitehead

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passed an hour in idle chat

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To gab is to talk trivia glibly and long, often tiresomely
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came in to tea and sat there gabbing till ten o'clock— J. W. Carlyle

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luncheon gab among women— Portz

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To chatter is to talk aimlessly, incessantly, and (often) with great rapidity
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it was she who chattered, chattered, on their walks, while ... he dropped a gentle word now and then— Conrad

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my chatter was as gay and sprightly as birdsong— Warren

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To patter is to speak or repeat rapidly and mechanically
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pattering prayers half inaudibly

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or glibly and volubly often without much regard to sense
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they're college-reared and can patter languages— Buchan

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the patter of an auctioneer

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To prate is to talk idly and boastfully
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a prating fool shall fall— Prov 10:8

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The word is often specifically used in reproach implying platitudinous or fulsome boasting or a readiness to talk at length about things of which the speaker is really ignorant or has only superficial knowledge
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we may prate of democracy, but actually a poor child in England has little more hope than had the son of an Athenian slave to be emancipated into that intellectual freedom of which great writings are born— Quiller-Couchy

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To prattle is to talk like a child (as in artlessness and freedom or sometimes in lack of substance and sense)
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prattled on . . . in this vein, spewing up the squalid confusion of his thoughts— Anthony We st

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we are . . . charmed with the pretty prattle of children— Sidney

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Babble, gabble, jabber, and gibber basically imply a making of sounds suggestive of speech but lacking the meaning content, intelligibility, and articulateness of normal adult human speech
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a brook babbled among the stones

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the noisy gabble of geese

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monkeys jabbering in the trees

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an idiot mewling and gibbering

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As applied to human speaking or speech all four terms are somewhat derogatory and especially suggest lack of clarity in both articulation and content
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the babble of four or more voices going on at once—G. A. Miller

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saying nothing comprehensible, just babbling and gabbling, half unconsciously— Bennett

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subjected to gabble about fifteenth-century politics— McCarten

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must we fall into the jabber and babel of discord— Sir Winston Churchill

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listened to gibber about . . . our present form or methods of government— The Nation

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the sheeted dead did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets— Shak.

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Analogous words: converse, talk, *speak: *gossip

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