1. to attempt the first verbal stages of seduction.
|in EDD (1905) I 567/2: Chat, to flirt with. Londonderry.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 31 July 2nd sect. 12/7: A nine-year-old nipper had been listening to a mob of gutter-sports in the train. ‘What does “chat ’em” mean, dad?’.|
|Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 19: Oh, ’oly wars! / The sorter look she gimme! Jest becors / I tried to chat ’er.‘The Intro’ in|
|Healesville & Yarra Glen Guardian (Vic.) 4/4: I chats the skirt for erbout ten minutes.|
|They Drive by Night 20: It would be nice to chat this tart.|
|All Night Stand 12: He could chat up a chick and he didn’t mind having it away with some man either.|
|Sun. Times Mag. 12 Oct. 30: Two CID men enjoying a drink and chatting up the girls.|
|in Little Legs 71: I tried to chat her up but couldn’t get on the firm.|
|Observer Mag. 5 Sept. 33: Gabbing with every passer-by and chatting up giggling young women.|
|Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 220: I hope you don’t mind me chatting-up your friend.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 112: Thinking about how any women the seventy-year-old had at least chatted up.|
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 22: Where’s Eric? Ah in the corner, chatting up a dancer.|
2. (also chat off) to inform on, to tell on, to reveal.
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 24 Oct. 1/1: This is a kosher paper; everything the other papers smother The Sportsman chats.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 11 Oct. 1/1: A divorce that wasn’t is the latest in Leaderville [...] neither party was aware of anything till the private detective chatted the co-re.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Aug. 47/1: Out at quod their idea is to keep the numbers apart, so as they won’t contaminate each other. But there’s heaps of chanst for one bloke to chat another.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 11 Aug. 15/4: As the bottle passed round she chats us. ‘In his top inside kick most of it, and a couple of funt in his hlpper’.|
|(con. WWI) Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: chat. To tell a person something.|
|Absolute Beginners 142: Though I wanted to chat Ma [...] I just couldn’t face opening the whole theme up.|
|Guntz 142: I reckoned it couldn’t do all that much harm to chat the geezer.|
|Theatre Two (1981) 40: Listen Howellsie. Don’t chat us sleg now.Ducktails in Gray|
|(ref. to WWI) Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 69/1: let me chat you allow me to tell you something, WWI.|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 2: chat it – a greeting often used to answer the phone or to speak to someone in person: ‘Girl, you better come here and chat it in my ear’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
|Viva La Madness 178: I’d be upset if I thought you were chatting my business. You gonna keep quiet?|
|‘Bring Me Down (Intro)’ [lyrics] Before you chat off your mouth you better rethink / I made you look small I can make you re-shrink.|
3. thus fig., in non-sexual contexts, to seduce with words.
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 5 Dec. 1/4: This commission, tale-teller, tear-down, or whatever he may be, chats Fishy the brass is on Kitty Wager at a good price.|
|Rose of Spadgers 54: An’ then ’e chats me, with the punkest tale / That ever got a bad man into jail.‘A Holy War’ in|
|Norman’s London (1969) 51: If there’s one thing I don’t look when some bogey chats me up, that’s innocent!in Encounter Nov. in|
|(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 22: So we chatted him as to what a clever villain he was.|
|Inside the Und. 88: Possibly chatting him up in his ‘local’.|
|Traveller’s Tool 113: I’ve been chatted up by the best of them too, from Michael Parkinson to Clive James.|
|Permanent Midnight 320: My plan was to chat the boy up, tell him [...] what a terrific producer he always was.|
|At End of Day (2001) 40: He [...] thought this place was a promising place to chat up young gunsels.|
4. (US) to advise, to recommend.
|Two & Three 26 Apr. [synd. col.] His best dope is never to endorse a note [...] Chaunce also chats us not to carry a bundle by the string if we want to live a hundrd innings .|
5. (Aus.) to scold.
|Backblock Ballads n.p.: The pale young man he comes to me, / An’ chats me good an’ fair; / ‘That langwidge that you use,’ sez he, / ‘Pollutes the good clean air.’.‘Sore Throat’ in|
|Compleat Migrant 106: Chat, to: to tell somebody off.|
6. (Aus.) to speak a language.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 29 Jan. 45/9: It’s nice to know Latin, it’s nice to know Greek, / Though the Greek in the fishshop can’t chat it.|
7. to trick verbally, to ‘con’, to persuade.
|Bang to Rights 147: They would chat her into selling the daughter to them for the night.|
|Stand on Me 52: I went home and chatted Betty into going down with me.|
8. (S.Afr.) to kick.
|Crime in S. Afr. 105: When he ‘chats a guy with a boot in the pan’, it means that he has kicked him in the face.|
9. to sing rap lyrics.
|Guardian G2 6 Aug. 10: The MC or deejay who chats or raps lyrically.|
|‘Don’t Chat’ [lyrics] Don’t chat crack beats.|
10. (UK black) to speak, to state.
|Deadmeat 75: Yu ah chat hall dis sense now but ah rememba yu wen yu ah chat nonsense.|
|Londonstani (2007) 6: Why’d the fuck’d anyone wanna chat like that anyway?|
|‘2+2x2 [lyrics] Man chatting shit on my timeline, that I don’t like.|
(W.I.) to make one’s first advances to a young woman or man in the hope of eventual sexual conquest .
|Notes for Gloss. of Barbadian Dial. 28: Chat down. To engage a girl in flirtatious talk usually with the idea of ‘making a date’.|
|Colonial Madness 57: One of the boys leaves the group to ‘chat down’ a girl dressed in her best clothes, obviously on her way to church.|
|‘Patois Dict.’ at www.eng.fju.edu.tw [Internet] CHAT DOWN : to engage a girl in flirtatious talk.|
|inDict. English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago (2009) 195/2: I was real chatting down she friend, go she plenty basket.|
(UK black) to talk nonsense; to gossip negatively.
|Hyperdub.com [Internet] There’s lot of people who front, who chat shit.in Vice Mag. at|
|hubpages.com ‘Roadman Slang 10 Jan. [Internet] To chat shit - to talk rubbish or to gossip rudely. e.g. ‘Don't chat shit, that is not their house!’ or ‘she's always chatting shit about people’.|
(W.I., Jam.) to gossip maliciously about an absent third party .
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|