Talk Definition

tôk
talked, talking, talks
verb
talked, talking, talks
To put ideas into, or exchange ideas by, spoken words; speak; converse.
Webster's New World
To put into spoken words; utter.
Webster's New World
To use in speaking.
To talk Spanish, to talk slang.
Webster's New World
To speak of (something impressive, remarkable, expensive, etc.)
We're talking high prices.
Webster's New World
To express one's thoughts or emotions by means of spoken language.
The candidate talked about the pros and cons of the issue.
American Heritage
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noun
talks
Conversation, esp. of an informal nature.
Webster's New World
The act of talking; speech.
Webster's New World
A speech, esp. a somewhat informal one.
Webster's New World
Rumor; gossip.
Webster's New World
A formal discussion; conference.
Webster's New World
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idiom
talk big
  • To brag.
American Heritage
talk sense
  • To speak rationally and coherently.
American Heritage
talk the talk
  • To speak knowledgeably about something, especially something that one claims or implies one can do well.
American Heritage
big talk
  • bragging or boasting talk
Webster's New World
have a talk with
  • to admonish or caution
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Talk

Noun

Singular:
talk
Plural:
talks

Origin of Talk

  • From Middle English talken, talkien, from Old English *tealcian (“to talk, chat"), from Proto-Germanic *talkōnÄ… (“to talk, chatter"), frequentative form of Proto-Germanic *talōnÄ… (“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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English talken del-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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