Definitions for talktɔk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to communicate or exchange ideas or information by speaking.

  2. to consult or confer:

    Talk with your adviser.

  3. to spread a rumor; gossip.

  4. to chatter or prate.

  5. to use speech; perform the act of speaking.

  6. to deliver a speech or lecture:

    The professor talked on modern physics.

  7. to give confidential or incriminating information:

    The spy talked during interrogation.

  8. to communicate by means other than speech, as by writing, signs, or signals.

  9. to make sounds imitative or suggestive of speech.

  10. (v.t.)to express in words; utter:

    to talk sense.

  11. to use (a specified language or idiom) in speaking or conversing:

    They talk French together.

  12. to discuss:

    to talk politics.

  13. Informal.(used only in progressive tenses) to focus on; talk about:

    This isn't a question of a few hundred dollars - we're talking serious money.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  14. to drive or influence by talk:

    to talk a person to sleep.

  15. talk around, to avoid discussion of.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  16. talk back,to reply in a disrespectful manner.

    Category: Idiom

  17. talk down, to subdue by talking, as by argument. to speak condescendingly. Also, talk in. to give landing instructions to (a pilot) by radio.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Aeronautics

  18. talk out, to try to clarify or resolve by discussion.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  19. talk out of, to dissuade, as from doing, using, etc.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  20. talk over, to consider; discuss.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  21. talk up, to promote with enthusiastic description. to speak openly or distinctly.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  22. (n.)the act of talking; speech.

  23. an informal speech or lecture.

  24. a conference or negotiating session:

    peace talks.

  25. rumor; gossip.

  26. empty speech:

    all talk and no results.

  27. a way of talking:

    quiet talk.

  28. dialect or lingo.

  29. sounds suggestive of speech.

Origin of talk:

1175–1225; ME talk(i)en, der. of tale speech, discourse, tale ; c. Fris (E dial.) talken


Princeton's WordNet

  1. talk, talking(noun)

    an exchange of ideas via conversation

    "let's have more work and less talk around here"

  2. talk(noun)

    discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of')

    "his poetry contains much talk about love and anger"

  3. talk(noun)

    the act of giving a talk to an audience

    "I attended an interesting talk on local history"

  4. lecture, public lecture, talk(noun)

    a speech that is open to the public

    "he attended a lecture on telecommunications"

  5. talk, talk of the town(verb)

    idle gossip or rumor

    "there has been talk about you lately"

  6. talk, speak(verb)

    exchange thoughts; talk with

    "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"

  7. talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise(verb)

    express in speech

    "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

  8. speak, talk(verb)

    use language

    "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect"

  9. spill, talk(verb)

    reveal information

    "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!"; "The former employee spilled all the details"

  10. spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, talk, tattle, blab, peach, babble, sing, babble out, blab out(verb)

    divulge confidential information or secrets

    "Be careful--his secretary talks"

  11. lecture, talk(verb)

    deliver a lecture or talk

    "She will talk at Rutgers next week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. talk(verb)ɔk

    to use words to communicate

    The baby can't talk yet.; We were talking about our vacation.; Who's that guy she's talking to?; to talk on the phone

  2. talkɔk

    to discuss sth

    You two need to talk.; I decided to talk to my boss.; Let's not talk business tonight.

  3. talkɔk

    used to give an impressive or surprising example

    She earns a lot. We're talking millions.; Talk about lazy - she didn't even offer to help.

  4. talkɔk

    to say sth to show how determined you are to do or change sth

    The governor has been talking tough about crime.

  5. talkɔk

    used to say that sb does the same thing that they are criticizing sb else for doing

    "Why is he always late?" "You're one to talk - you just got here a minute ago!"

  6. talk(noun)ɔk

    a discussion

    I had a talk with my daughter about sex.

  7. talkɔk

    a speech

    Professor Winston is giving a talk on 18th century England.

  8. talkɔk

    words sb uses without actions to support them

    Unless you do something, it's just talk.

  9. talkɔk

    information that may not be true; = rumors

    There was talk in the office about a merger.


  1. talk(Noun)

    A conversation or discussion.

    We need to have a talk about your homework.

  2. talk(Noun)

    A lecture.

    There's a talk about Shakespeare on tonight.

  3. talk(Noun)

    (After the) A major topic of social discussion.

  4. talk(Noun)

    (Without an article) Empty boasting, promises or claims.

    The party leader's speech was all talk.

  5. talk(Verb)

    To communicate, usually by means of speech.

    Although I don't speak Chinese I managed to talk with the villagers using signs and gestures.

  6. talk(Verb)

    To discuss.

  7. talk(Verb)

    Confess, especially implicating others.

    Suppose he talks? She can be relied upon not to talk. They tried to make me talk.

  8. talk(Verb)

    Criticize someone for something of which one is guilty oneself.

    I am not the one to talk. She is a fine one to talk. You should talk. Look who's talking.

  9. talk(Verb)

    Gossip; create scandal.

    People will talk. Aren't you afraid the neighbours will talk?

Webster Dictionary

  1. Talk(noun)

    to utter words; esp., to converse familiarly; to speak, as in familiar discourse, when two or more persons interchange thoughts

  2. Talk(noun)

    to confer; to reason; to consult

  3. Talk(noun)

    to prate; to speak impertinently

  4. Talk(verb)

    to speak freely; to use for conversing or communicating; as, to talk French

  5. Talk(verb)

    to deliver in talking; to speak; to utter; to make a subject of conversation; as, to talk nonsense; to talk politics

  6. Talk(verb)

    to consume or spend in talking; -- often followed by away; as, to talk away an evening

  7. Talk(verb)

    to cause to be or become by talking

  8. Talk(noun)

    the act of talking; especially, familiar converse; mutual discourse; that which is uttered, especially in familiar conversation, or the mutual converse of two or more

  9. Talk(noun)

    report; rumor; as, to hear talk of war

  10. Talk(noun)

    subject of discourse; as, his achievment is the talk of the town


  1. Talk

    Talk was an American magazine published from 1999 to 2001. When it was launched as a joint venture between Miramax and Hearst Publishing, under the editorship of Tina Brown, it generated notoriety for its celebrity profiles and interviews. The cover story of the debut issue was an interview with Hillary Clinton, which took place shortly after the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, in which she explained that her husband Bill Clinton had a chronic need to please women. However, the magazine never became a commercial success, and was shut down in 2002.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. talk

    To open and close the mouth rapidly while the bellows in the throat pumps out the gas in the brain.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. TALK

    A continuous performance playing daily and nightly engagements, with Woman as the star and Man confined in the Family Circle.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'talk' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #931

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'talk' in Written Corpus Frequency: #352

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'talk' in Nouns Frequency: #444

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'talk' in Verbs Frequency: #66

Translations for talk

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(sometimes in plural) a conversation or discussion

We had a long talk about it; The Prime Ministers met for talks on their countries' economic problems.

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