He gave a talk on art.
A musical that is the talk of the town.
If you do that, people will talk.
To talk Spanish, to talk slang.
To talk oneself hoarse.
She is the talk of the day. The musical is the talk of the town.
The party leader's speech was all talk.
They sat down to talk business. We're not talking rocket science here: it should be easy.
Suppose he talks? She can be relied upon not to talk. They tried to make me talk.
I am not the one to talk. She is a fine one to talk. You should talk. Look who's talking.
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.
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.
Are you talking about last week?
Has the prisoner talked?
Their son is talking sentences now.
The passenger talked French with the flight crew. Can you talk the local dialect?
They talked me into coming.
We had a nice talk over lunch.
There is talk of bankruptcy.
To talk by signs.
- To brag.
- To speak rationally and coherently.
- To speak knowledgeably about something, especially something that one claims or implies one can do well.
- Bragging or boasting talk.
- To admonish or caution.
- To talk idly, as in an effort to pass time.
- To cause gossip.
- To talk (a person) over; persuade.
- To speak to in a way that indicates a response is not really desired.
- To pass (a period of time) by talking.
- To talk continuously; chatter.
- To answer impertinently or rudely.
- To boast; brag.
- To silence by talking louder, longer, or more effectively than.
- To aid (a pilot) in landing by giving spoken instructions.
- To talk in a patronizing way to, as by using pointedly simple speech.
- To talk to someone at great length or without pause.
- To persuade (someone) to do something.
- To discuss (a problem, etc.) at length in an effort to reach an understanding.
- To dissuade (someone) from doing something.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of talk
- Middle English talken del-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.