Part of speech: noun
Origin: British English, late 19th century
Examples of Chinwag in a sentence
"I love having a chinwag with my friends and catching up on all the latest gossip."
"Ursula looked forward to her weekly chinwag with the baker."
The word chinwag was made from the combination of "chin" + "wag," which is likely a humorous way of describing the movement your chin makes when you're having a vigorous chat.
Did you Know?
Why is it so satisfying to have a good chinwag? Contrary to beliefs about gossiping, the practice might not be as negative as it seems. In fact, evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar argues that gossiping developed as a way to disseminate important information amongst a social network.