small\ talk

small\ talk
n. phr.
General idle conversation.

At the party there was the usual kind of small talk about the cost of living increase and the war in Africa.

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

Игры ⚽ Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Small Talk — Small Talk …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Small talk — is conversation for its own sake; the ability to conduct small talk is a social skill.Small talk is sometimes referred to as phatic communication , a term coined by Bronisław Malinowski in 1923.Small talk, Small Talk or Smalltalk may also… …   Wikipedia

  • Small Talk — Small Talk, der, auch: das; s, s, Small|talk, der, auch: das; s, s [engl. small talk, zu: talk = Gespräch, Unterhaltung] (bildungsspr.): leichte, beiläufige Konversation: der übliche S. T. auf Partys war ihm zuwider. * * * Smalltalk [ smɔ:l tɔ:k] …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Small talk — Small Small (sm[add]l), a. [Compar. {Smaller}; superl. {Smallest}.] [OE. small, AS. sm[ae]l; akin to D. smal narrow, OS. & OHG. smal small, G. schmal narrow, Dan. & Sw. smal, Goth. smals small, Icel. smali smal cattle, sheep, or goats; cf. Gr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • small talk — UK US noun [U] ► polite conversation about things that are not important, often between people who are meeting for the first time: »I soon learned how to make small talk with people at formal receptions …   Financial and business terms

  • small talk — n [U] polite friendly conversation about unimportant subjects ▪ We stood around making small talk …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • small talk — small′ talk n. light conversation; chitchat • Etymology: 1745–55 small′ talk , v.i …   From formal English to slang

  • small talk — talk about unimportant topics the weather etc.    Winnie is good at making small talk with strangers …   English idioms

  • small talk — [n] casual conversation babble, blab*, blather, chatter, chitchat*, gossip, idle chatter, idle talk, jabber*, prattle, yakking*; concepts 274,278 …   New thesaurus

  • small talk — small ,talk noun uncount informal conversation about things that are not important …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • small talk — ► NOUN ▪ polite conversation about trivial or uncontroversial matters …   English terms dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”