Two friends talk about their work.
- 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.
- 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 of talkMiddle English talken (akin to Fris, 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
- [often pl.] 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
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 someone's ear off
talk out of
- to have a conversation about; discuss
- to win (a person) over to one's view by talking; persuade
- to promote or praise in discussion
- to speak loudly and clearly
- to speak boldly, frankly, etc.
verbtalked, talk·ing, talks
- a. To exchange thoughts or opinions in spoken or sign language; converse: We talked for hours. See Synonyms at speak.b. To utter or pronounce words: The baby can talk.c. To imitate the sounds of human speech: The parrot talks.
- a. To express one's thoughts or emotions by means of spoken language: The candidate talked about the pros and cons of the issue.b. To convey one's thoughts in a way other than by spoken words: talk with one's hands.c. To express one's thoughts or feelings in writing: Voltaire talks about London in this book.d. Usage Problem To convey information in text: The article talks about the latest fashions.
- a. To negotiate with someone; parley: Let's talk instead of fighting.b. To consult or confer with someone: I talked with the doctor.
- To spread rumors; gossip: If you do that, people will talk.
- To allude to something: Are you talking about last week?
- To reveal information concerning oneself or others, especially under pressure: Has the prisoner talked?
- Informal To be efficacious: Money talks.
- To utter or pronounce (words): Their son is talking sentences now.
- a. To speak about or discuss (something) or give expression to (something): talk business; talk treason.b. Used to emphasize the extent or seriousness of something being mentioned: The police found money in the car. We're talking significant amounts of money.
- To speak or know how to speak (a language or a language variety): The passenger talked French with the flight crew. Can you talk the local dialect?
- To cause (someone) to be in a certain state or to do something by talking: They talked me into coming.
- An exchange of ideas or opinions; a conversation: We had a nice talk over lunch.
- A speech or lecture: He gave a talk on art.
- Hearsay, rumor, or speculation: There is talk of bankruptcy.
- A subject of conversation: a musical that is the talk of the town.
- often talks A conference or negotiation: peace talks.
- a. A particular manner of speech: baby talk; honeyed talk.b. Empty speech or unnecessary discussion: a lot of talk and no action.c. Jargon or slang: prison talk.
- Something, such as the sounds of animals, felt to resemble human talk: whale talk.
Origin of talkMiddle English talken ; see del-2 in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: The phrasal verbs talk about and (less commonly) talk of sometimes have a piece of writing as their subject, as in The article talks about the humanitarian crisis in the Sudan and The book talks of continuing barriers to free trade. While this usage might seem a natural semantic extension—no different, really, from the similar and widely accepted use of the word discuss —for many people talk remains primarily associated with speaking, and using it for a written medium violates a norm of standard grammar. The Usage Panel has mixed feelings about this construction. In our 2001 survey, 58 percent accepted it in the sentence The book talks about drugs that exist in many of our communities. Writers who wish to avoid the problem can use discuss or another nonspeaking verb such as argue or maintain instead.
- A conversation or discussion.
- We need to have a talk about your homework.
- A lecture.
- There's a talk about Shakespeare on tonight.
- (preceded by the) A major topic of social discussion.
- She is the talk of the day. The musical is the talk of the town.
- (not preceded by an article) Empty boasting, promises or claims.
- The party leader's speech was all talk.
(third-person singular simple present talks, present participle talking, simple past and past participle talked)
- To communicate, usually by means of speech.
- Although I don't speak Chinese I managed to talk with the villagers using signs and gestures.
- They sat down to talk business. We talk French sometimes.
- (informal) To discuss.
- They sat down to talk business. We're not talking rocket science here: it should be easy.
- (intransitive, slang) To confess, especially implicating others.
- Suppose he talks? She can be relied upon not to talk. They tried to make me talk.
- (intransitive) To 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.
- (intransitive) To gossip; to create scandal.
- People will talk. Aren't you afraid the neighbours will talk?
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From Middle English talken, talkien, from Old English *tealcian (“to talk, chat"), from Proto-Germanic *talkÅnÄ… (“to talk, chatter"), frequentative form of Proto-Germanic *talÅnÄ… (“to count, recount, tell"), from Proto-Indo-European *dol-, *del- (“to aim, calculate, adjust, count"), equivalent to tell +"Ž -k. Cognate with Scots talk (“to talk"), Eastern Frisian talken (“to talk, chat"), Low German Talk (“talk"). Related also to Danish tale (“to talk, speak"), Swedish tala (“to talk, speak, say, chatter"), Icelandic tala (“to talk"), Old English talian (“to count, calculate, reckon, account, consider, think, esteem, value; argue; tell, relate; impute, assign"). More at tale.