What does talk mean?

Definitions for talktɔk

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

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?"


  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.

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.

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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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ewan McGregor:

    There’s a lot of talk.

  2. Cata Santiago:

    They don’t walk their talk.

  3. Paul Aubuchon:

    Money doesn't talk, it swears.

  4. Geoffrey Neighor:

    Good food ends with good talk.

  5. Pat Shanahan:

    I talk about 100 (737s a month).

Images & Illustrations of talk

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Translations for talk

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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