Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To articulate (words): The baby is talking sentences now.
  • transitive v. To give expression to in words: talk treason.
  • transitive v. To speak of or discuss (something): talk music; talk business;
  • transitive v. To speak or know how to speak in (an idiom or language): talked French with the flight crew.
  • transitive v. To gain, influence, or bring into a specified state by talking: talked me into coming; talked their way out of trouble.
  • transitive v. To spend (a period of time) by or as if by talking: talked the evening away.
  • intransitive v. To converse by means of spoken language: We talked for hours. See Synonyms at speak.
  • intransitive v. To articulate words: The baby can talk.
  • intransitive v. To imitate the sounds of human speech: The parrot talks.
  • intransitive v. To express one's thoughts or emotions by means of spoken language: talked about the pros and cons of the issue.
  • intransitive v. To convey one's thoughts in a way other than by spoken words: talk with one's hands.
  • intransitive v. To express one's thoughts in writing: Voltaire talks about London in this book.
  • intransitive v. To parley or negotiate with someone: Let's talk before continuing to fight.
  • intransitive v. To spread rumors; gossip: If you do that, people will talk.
  • intransitive v. To allude to something: Are you talking about last week?
  • intransitive v. To consult or confer with someone: I talked with the doctor.
  • intransitive v. To reveal information concerning oneself or others, especially under pressure: Has the prisoner talked?
  • intransitive v. Informal To be efficacious: Money talks.
  • n. An exchange of ideas or opinions; a conversation.
  • n. A speech or lecture.
  • n. Hearsay, rumor, or speculation: There is talk of bankruptcy.
  • n. A subject of conversation: a musical that is the talk of the town.
  • n. A conference or negotiation. Often used in the plural: peace talks.
  • n. Jargon; slang: prison talk.
  • n. Empty speech or unnecessary discussion: much talk and no action.
  • n. A particular manner of speech: baby talk; honeyed talk.
  • n. Something, such as the sounds of animals, felt to resemble human talk: whale talk.
  • talk around To persuade: I talked them around to my point of view.
  • talk around To speak indirectly about: talked around the subject but never got to the point.
  • talk at To address orally with no regard for or interest in a reaction or response.
  • talk back To make an impertinent or insolent reply.
  • talk back To make a belligerent response: heavy guns talking back.
  • talk down To depreciate: talked down the importance of the move.
  • talk down To speak with insulting condescension: talked down to her subordinates.
  • talk down To silence (a person), especially by speaking in a loud and domineering manner.
  • talk down To direct and control (the flight of an aircraft during an approach for landing) by radioed instructions either from the ground or a nearby aircraft.
  • talk out To discuss (a matter) exhaustively: I talked out the problem with a therapist.
  • talk out To resolve or settle by discussion.
  • talk out Chiefly British To block (proposed legislation) by filibustering.
  • talk over To consider thoroughly in conversation; discuss: talked the matter over.
  • talk over To win (someone) over by persuasion: talked them over to our side.
  • talk up To speak in favor of; promote: talked the candidate up; talked up the new product.
  • talk up To speak up in a frank, often insolent manner.
  • idiom talk big Informal To brag.
  • idiom talk sense To speak rationally and coherently.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A conversation or discussion.
  • n. A lecture.
  • n. A major topic of social discussion.
  • n. Empty boasting, promises or claims.
  • v. To communicate, usually by means of speech.
  • v. To discuss.
  • v. Confess, especially implicating others.
  • v. Criticize someone for something of which one is guilty oneself.
  • v. Gossip; create scandal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Report; rumor.
  • n. Subject of discourse.
  • intransitive v. To utter words; esp., to converse familiarly; to speak, as in familiar discourse, when two or more persons interchange thoughts.
  • intransitive v. To confer; to reason; to consult.
  • intransitive v. To prate; to speak impertinently.
  • transitive v. To speak freely; to use for conversing or communicating.
  • transitive v. To deliver in talking; to speak; to utter; to make a subject of conversation.
  • transitive v. To consume or spend in talking; -- often followed by away.
  • transitive v. To cause to be or become by talking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make known or interchange thoughts by means of spoken words; converse: especially implying informal speech and colloquy, or the presence of a hearer.
  • To speak incessantly or impertinently; chatter; prate; gossip.
  • To communicate ideas through the medium of written characters, gestures, signs, or any other substitute for oral speech.
  • To have or exercise the power of speech; utter words; also, to imitate the sound of spoken words, as some birds, mechanical contrivances, etc.
  • To consult; confer.
  • To produce sounds suggestive of speech.
  • To expostulate with; reprove; rebuke.
  • Synonyms and Speak, Talk. See speak, v. i.
  • To utter; articulate; enunciate.
  • To express in words; make known orally; tell: as, to talk treason; to talk common sense.
  • To discourse about; speak of; discuss: as, to talk philosophy; to talk shop.
  • To use as a spoken language; express one's self orally in: as, to talk French or German.
  • To bring, send, induce, influence, or otherwise affect by speech: used in many phrases: as, to talk one into compliance; to talk one's tongue weary.
  • To pass or spend in talking: with away: as, to talk away an evening.
  • To go over in conversation; review; discuss.
  • n. Discourse; speech; especially, the familiar oral intercourse of two or more persons; conversation.
  • n. Report; rumor; gossip.
  • n. A subject or occasion of talk, especially of gossip; a theme.
  • n. A more or less formal or public discussion conducted by a body of men, or by two opposing parties, concerning mattery of common interest; a negotiation; a conference; a palaver.
  • n. Language; speech; lingo.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of talc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. express in speech
  • n. discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of')
  • n. a speech that is open to the public
  • n. the act of giving a talk to an audience
  • v. reveal information
  • n. an exchange of ideas via conversation
  • v. use language
  • v. divulge confidential information or secrets
  • n. idle gossip or rumor
  • v. deliver a lecture or talk
  • v. exchange thoughts; talk with

Etymologies

Middle English talken.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English talken, talkien, from Old English *tealcian (“to talk, chat”), from Proto-Germanic *talkōnan (“to talk, chatter”), frequentative form of Proto-Germanic *talōnan (“to count, recount, tell”), from Proto-Indo-European *dol-, *del- (“to aim, calculate, adjust, count”). 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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now I'm going to continue educating my 8 month old on love the world, but don't talk to strangers..talk to me about sex..

    "Prop 8 - The Musical"

  • Of the slew of candidates and wannabee candidates running for the grand prize of President, how many really \ 'talk the talk\', let alone \ 'walk the walk\'?

    While Rome Burns

  • Momentous questions should be thrust aside until later, and the talk should be -- well, _talk_, not arguing, quarreling, or scandal-mongering.

    The Book of Business Etiquette

  • Talkers talk or speak _words_ or _talk_; Walkers walk _walkings_ or _walks_; The rain rains

    English Grammar in Familiar Lectures

  • Verbs are inflected or changed to indicate the time of the action as past, present, or future; as, _I talk, I talked, I shall talk_, etc.

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • And yet these momentary chances we covet; and spend our years, and passions, and powers in pursuit of little more than these; while, meantime, there is a society continually open to us, of people who will talk to us as long as we like, whatever our rank or occupation; —talk to us in the best words they can choose, and of the things nearest their hearts.

    Sesame and Lilies. Lecture I.-Sesame: Of Kings’ Treasuries

  • Join a debating society -- talk, _talk_, _TALK_, and always extemporize.

    The Art of Public Speaking

  • The Happy Hexagons met, of course, to study Texas, and to talk Texas; though, as Bertha Brown's brother, Charlie, somewhat impertinently declared, they did not need to meet to _talk_ Texas -- they did that without any meeting!

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch

  • Then he began to talk -- to _talk_, not to preach, speaking every word with an inflection of the truest sincerity.

    The Lady of the Basement Flat

  • "I beg of you in God's name to talk to me -- to _talk_ to me!"

    The Finer Grain

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  • Oh, be quiet, oroboros. ;->

    October 8, 2007

  • It is practically impossible to stop talking. Life is expecting you to talk; Life has arranged things in such a way that almost everyone is expected to and will talk incessantly and specifically about their living. They will talk all day about, "what kind of guy I am" and "what's happened to me." Talk is expected and Life is dependent upon it.

    Jan Cox

    October 8, 2007