What does talk mean?

Definitions for talk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word talk.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. talk, talkingnoun

    an exchange of ideas via conversation

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

  2. talknoun

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

    "his poetry contains much talk about love and anger"

  3. talknoun

    the act of giving a talk to an audience

    "I attended an interesting talk on local history"

  4. lecture, public lecture, talknoun

    a speech that is open to the public

    "he attended a lecture on telecommunications"

  5. talk, talk of the townverb

    idle gossip or rumor

    "there has been talk about you lately"

  6. talk, speakverb

    exchange thoughts; talk with

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

  7. talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbaliseverb

    express in speech

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

  8. speak, talkverb

    use language

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

  9. spill, talkverb

    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 outverb

    divulge confidential information or secrets

    "Be careful--his secretary talks"

  11. lecture, talkverb

    deliver a lecture or talk

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


  1. talknoun

    A conversation or discussion.

    We need to have a talk about your homework.

  2. talknoun

    A lecture.

    There's a talk about Shakespeare on tonight.

  3. talknoun

    (After the) A major topic of social discussion.

  4. talknoun

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

    The party leader's speech was all talk.

  5. talkverb

    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. talkverb

    To discuss.

  7. talkverb

    Confess, especially implicating others.

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

  8. talkverb

    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. talkverb

    Gossip; create scandal.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Talknoun

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

  2. Talknoun

    to confer; to reason; to consult

  3. Talknoun

    to prate; to speak impertinently

  4. Talkverb

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

  5. Talkverb

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

  6. Talkverb

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

  7. Talkverb

    to cause to be or become by talking

  8. Talknoun

    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. Talknoun

    report; rumor; as, to hear talk of war

  10. Talknoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Talk

    tawk, v.i. to speak familiarly: to prattle: to reason.—n. familiar conversation: that which is uttered in familiar intercourse: subject of discourse: rumour.—adjs. Talk′able, capable of talking, or of being talked about; Talk′ative, given to much talking: prating.—adv. Talk′atively.—ns. Talk′ativeness; Talk′ee-talk′ee, a corrupt dialect: incessant chatter—also adj. Talk′y-talk′y.—n. Talk′er.—adj. Talk′ing, given to talking.—Talk against time, to keep on talking merely to fill up time, as often in parliament: Talk big, to talk boastfully; Talk down, to argue down; Talk from the point, to wander away from the proper question; Talk Greek, to talk above the understanding of one's hearers; Talking of, apropos of, with regard to; Talk over, to persuade, convince: to discuss, consider together; Talk round, to exhaust the subject: to bring to one's way of thinking by persuasive talk; Talk shop (see Shop); Talk to, to address: to rebuke; Talk up, to speak impudently or boldly to. [Prof. Skeat takes the M. E. talken from Scand., and that from Lithuanian; Sw. tolka (Ice. túlka), to interpret—Lith. tulkas, an interpreter. Prob., however, the M. E. talken is talen, talien, to speak, with formative -k, giving a freq. or dim. force; cf. Tale.]

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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. talk

    Among the Indians of North America, a public conference, as respecting peace or war, negotiation, and the like; or an official verbal communication made from them to another nation or its agents, or made to them by the same.

Editors Contribution

  1. talk

    To speak using language, words and sound.

    To talk is a gift which we all realize and value.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. TALK

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of talk in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of talk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of talk in a Sentence

  1. Peter Bergen:

    There's no doubt the most effective people to talk to present-day jihadis are former jihadis -- those who defected or changed their minds.

  2. Stephen Colbert:

    Now usually for me to talk about a news story on this show, especially a tragic one, it has to be something that everybody's already talking about... But this story is different, because this is the conversation everyone should be having, i would cite Stephen Colbert to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.

  3. Carrie Ann:

    I appreciate your support, I appreciate the love and support for ‘ The Talk ’ family and I hope to be back soon, take care and I ’ll keep you updated. Thank you.

  4. George Sorial:

    Privately and publicly, we've offered to sit down and talk to him about some of these things, but what you have here is that there's politics. There's no interest in finding fact. They're out to bring down anyone that's in [ Trump's ] circle to make President Donald Trump look bad. That's why meetings like the one I suggested have never taken place.

  5. Sigmar Gabriel:

    Coal is losing in importance, but (that means) we will have to talk about industrial growth and social compensation.

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Translations for talk

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  • تكلم, خطاب, محادثة, تحدث, محاضرةArabic
  • danışmaqAzerbaijani
  • размаўляць, гаварыцьBelarusian
  • беседа, разговор, говоряBulgarian
  • parlar, conversarCatalan, Valencian
  • foredrag, drøftelse, snakke, fortælle, samtale, tale, forelæsning, snakDanish
  • sprechen, Vortrag, Gespräch, redenGerman
  • θέμα, συνομιλώ, διάλεξη, συζήτηση, επικοινωνώ, μιλώGreek
  • paroliEsperanto
  • conversación, hablar, conferencia, conversarSpanish
  • سخنرانی, گفت و گو, سخن گفتن, صحبت, صحبت کردنPersian
  • puheenaihe, puhua, esitelmä, viestiä, keskusteluFinnish
  • talaFaroese
  • conversation, parler, discussion, bavarder, discours, conférenceFrench
  • petearWestern Frisian
  • aighneas, caintIrish
  • seanchas, còmhradhScottish Gaelic
  • बात करना, बोलनाHindi
  • beszélget, beszéd, beszél, beszélgetésHungarian
  • զրուցել, խոսելArmenian
  • conversar, parlarInterlingua
  • bincang, ngomong, bicaraIndonesian
  • parolarIdo
  • mæla, tala, ávarpaIcelandic
  • conversazione, parlare, discorso, argomentoItalian
  • 意思疎通する, 話し, 会話, 話す, 講義Japanese
  • საუბარიGeorgian
  • 이야기하다, 이야기, 대화하다, 말하다, 대화Korean
  • دواندن, قسه‌ ئه‌کات, قسه‌, ئه‌دوێنێتKurdish
  • fabulorLatin
  • kalbėtiLithuanian
  • runātLatvian
  • kōwetewete, motatau, kōreroMāori
  • gesprek, overleggen, praten, conversatie, sprekenDutch
  • snakk, samtale, snakke, forelesning, foredrag, prat, prekeNorwegian
  • temat, rozmowa, mówićPolish
  • conversar, conversa, falar, discursoPortuguese
  • rimay, rimachiy, yawnayQuechua
  • vorbiRomanian
  • разговор, болтать, разговаривать, история, лекция, беседовать, рассказ, нотация, говорить, беседаRussian
  • rȁzgovōr, го̏во̄р, govòriti, predávānje, konverzácija, гово̀рити, преда́ва̄ње, gȍvōr, конверза́ција, ра̏згово̄рSerbo-Croatian
  • tala, prat, konversation, prata, snacka, föreläsningSwedish
  • Sol, PaesuTamil
  • చర్చనీయాంశం, ప్రసంగం, కబుర్లు, మాట్లాడుTelugu
  • สนทนา, พูด, กล่าว, คุยThai
  • konuşmakTurkish
  • говорити, розмовлятиUkrainian
  • بولنا, بات کرناUrdu
  • nói chuyện, nói được, nóiVietnamese

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    a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease
    • A. epidemic
    • B. tacky
    • C. unsealed
    • D. incumbent

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