What does talk mean?

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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?

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Talknoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    We do remember; but our argument
    Is all too heavy to admit much talk. William Shakespeare.

    Perceiving his soldiers dismayed, he forbad them to have any talk with the enemy. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    How can he get wisdom that driveth oxen, is occupied in their labours, and whose talk is of bullocks? Ecclus. xxxviii.

    This ought to weigh with those whose reading is designed for much talk and little knowledge. John Locke.

    In various talk th’ instructive hours they past,
    Who gave the ball, or paid the visit last. Alexander Pope.

    I hear a talk up and down of raising our money, as a means to retain our wealth, and keep our money from being carried away. John Locke.

    What delight to be by such extoll’d,
    To live upon their tongues and be their talk,
    Of whom to be despis’d were no small praise? John Milton.

  2. Talknoun

    Stones composed of plates are generally parallel, and flexible and elastick: as, talk, cat-silver or glimmer, of which there are three sorts, the yellow or golden, the white or silvery, and the black. John Woodward Fossils.

    Etymology: talc, Fr.

    Venetian talk kept in a heat of a glass furnace; after all the remaining body, though brittle and discoloured, had not lost much of its bulk, and seemed nearer of kin to talk than mere earth. Boyle.

  3. To Talkverb

    Etymology: taelen, Dutch.

    I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you; but I will not eat with you. William Shakespeare.

    Now is this vice’s dagger become a squire, and talks as familiarly of John of Gaunt as if he had been sworn brother to him; and he never saw him but once. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. Job xxix. 9.

    The children of thy people still talk against thee. Ezek.

    If I talk much, they shall lay their hands upon their mouth. Wisd. viii. 12.

    Here free from court-compliances he walks,
    And with himself, his best adviser, talks. Edmund Waller.

    As God remembers that we are but flesh, unable to bear the nearer approaches of divinity, and so talks with us as once with Moses through a cloud; so he forgets not that he breathed into us breath of life, a vital active spirit. Decay of Piety.

    Mention the king of Spain, he talks very notably; but if you go out of the Gazette you drop him. Addison.

    Hypocrites austerely talk
    Of purity. John Milton.

    My heedless tongue has talk’d away this life. Nicholas Rowe.

    The crystalline sphere, whose balance weighs
    The trepidation talk’d. John Milton.

    The natural histories of Switzerland talk much of the fall of these rocks, and the great damage done. Addison.

    We will consider whether Adam had any such heir as our author talks of. John Locke.

    Let me talk with thee of thy judgments. Jer. xii. 1.

    Will ye speak wickedly for God, and talk deceitfully for him? Job xiii. 7.

    It is difficult task to talk to the purpose, and to put life and perspicuity into our discourses. Jeremy Collier, on Pride.

    Talking over the things which you have read with your companions fixes them upon the mind. Isaac Watts.


  1. Talk

    Talk is a song by the British rock band Coldplay. Built around a motif from Kraftwerk's 1981 song "Computer Love", it was written by all members of the band and appeared on their third album, X&Y. In the United States, the song entered at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100 and elsewhere in the world its success varied. It peaked at number one in the Netherlands' Dutch Top 40, becoming the band's first number one single there. The song received positive reviews, with critics noting the music's sound and memorable lyrics. Both the song and its "Thin White Duke" remix were nominated for the 2007 Grammy Awards, the latter of which won in the category of Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.


  1. talk

    Talk is the act of communication between two or more individuals through spoken words or verbal exchanges. It refers to the exchange of ideas, thoughts, information, or emotions between individuals in a conversation or discussion. Talking can take various forms, including casual conversations, formal presentations, group discussions, lectures, or debates, and serves as a vital means of conveying thoughts and establishing social connections.

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

    What does TALK stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the TALK acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

  2. Talk

    Talk vs. Speak -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Talk and Speak.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TALK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Talk is ranked #80926 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Talk surname appeared 234 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Talk.

    47.4% or 111 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    37.1% or 87 total occurrences were White.
    6.8% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    5.9% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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. Matthew Horton:

    If found in this position, we advise people to remain calm and stall the person on the phone, try to contact the victim by phone or voice or social media, such as Snapchatting them to get in touch and make sure they're okay. It's also good to get some proof of life or a photograph or ask to talk to the person.

  2. Tad Devine:

    He's not necessarily looking for a fight, but he does have some differences with her on issues and he intends to talk about those.

  3. Leonardo Silveira:

    People come not only to buy books but to see you and talk for a while. It's a happy thing to see them - at a distance but together here in the shop.

  4. Chris Murphy:

    I really do worry that there is a quiet, unintentional message of endorsement that's sent when we do nothing or when all we do is talk, i think when there is not a collective condemnation with policy change from what is supposedly the world's greatest deliberative body that there are very quiet cues that are picked up by people who are contemplating the unthinkable in their mind.

  5. Prince Harry:

    The ball is in their court. There’s a lot to be discussed and I really hope that they’re willing to sit down and talk about it.

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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
  • 講話Chinese

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