- Talk means speech or conversation.
- An example of talk is when you and your friend sit around and have a chat.
- An example of talk is when you and a significant other have a serious conversation about the state of your relationship.
- An example of talk is when a famous writer gives a formal presentation about how he became a writer.
- To talk is to speak, to have the power to speak, or to have a formal conversation.
- An example of talk is when you open your mouth and say words.
- An example of talk is when a baby first learns to talk.
- An example of talk is when you tell someone that something is on your mind and then you have a talk about it.
Two friends talk about their work.
talk definition by Webster's New World
- to put ideas into, or exchange ideas by, spoken words; speak; converse
- to express something in words; make a statement (of, on, about, etc. something)
- to express ideas by speech substitutes: to talk by signs
- to speak emptily or trivially; chatter
- to gossip
- to confer; consult
- to make noises suggestive of speech
- to reveal secret information; esp., to confess or inform on someone
- to make a speech, esp. a somewhat informal one
Origin: Middle English talken (akin to Frisian to chatter), probably frequentative based on Old English talian, to reckon, akin to talu, tale
- to put into spoken words; utter
- to use in speaking: to talk Spanish, to talk slang
- to speak about; discuss: to talk sports
- Informal to speak of (something impressive, remarkable, expensive, etc.): usually in prp.: we're talking high prices
- to put into a specified condition, state of mind, etc. by talking: to talk oneself hoarse
- the act of talking; speech
- conversation, esp. of an informal nature
- a speech, esp. a somewhat informal one
- a formal discussion; conference
- rumor; gossip
- the subject of conversation, gossip, etc.
- empty or frivolous remarks, discussion, or conversation
- a particular kind of speech; dialect; lingo
- sounds, as by an animal, suggestive of speech
- talker noun
talk definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb talked, talk·ing, talks verb, transitive
- To articulate (words): The baby is talking sentences now.
- To give expression to in words: talk treason.
- To speak of or discuss (something): talk music; talk business;
- To speak or know how to speak in (an idiom or language): talked French with the flight crew.
- To gain, influence, or bring into a specified state by talking: talked me into coming; talked their way out of trouble.
- To spend (a period of time) by or as if by talking: talked the evening away.
- To converse by means of spoken language: We talked for hours. See Synonyms at speak.
- To articulate words: The baby can talk.
- To imitate the sounds of human speech: The parrot talks.
- To express one's thoughts or emotions by means of spoken language: talked about the pros and cons of the issue.
- To convey one's thoughts in a way other than by spoken words: talk with one's hands.
- To express one's thoughts in writing: Voltaire talks about London in this book.
- To parley or negotiate with someone: Let's talk before continuing to fight.
- To spread rumors; gossip: If you do that, people will talk.
- To allude to something: Are you talking about last week?
- To consult or confer with someone: I talked with the doctor.
- To reveal information concerning oneself or others, especially under pressure: Has the prisoner talked?
- Informal To be efficacious: Money talks.
- An exchange of ideas or opinions; a conversation.
- A speech or lecture.
- Hearsay, rumor, or speculation: There is talk of bankruptcy.
- A subject of conversation: a musical that is the talk of the town.
- A conference or negotiation. Often used in the plural: peace talks.
- Jargon; slang: prison talk.
- Empty speech or unnecessary discussion: much talk and no action.
- A particular manner of speech: baby talk; honeyed talk.
- Something, such as the sounds of animals, felt to resemble human talk: whale talk.
Origin: Middle English talken; see del-2 in Indo-European roots.
talk - Phrases/Idioms
have a talk with
- to talk idly, as in an effort to pass time
- to cause gossip
- to pass (a period of time) by talking
- to talk continuously; chatter
- to silence by talking louder, longer, or more effectively than
- to aid (a pilot) in landing by giving spoken instructions
talk down to
talk out of
- to have a conversation about; discuss
- to win (a person) over to one's view by talking; persuade
talk someone's arm offor talk someone's ear off or talk someone's leg off
- â to promote or praise in discussion
- to speak loudly and clearly
- â to speak boldly, frankly, etc.