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Meaning of talk by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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 .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /tɔːk/, X-SAMPA: /tO:k/
    • ( US ) IPA: /tɔk/, X-SAMPA: /tOk/
    • ( cot–caught merger ) IPA: /tɑk/ X-SAMPA: /tAk/
    • Rhymes: -ɔːk
    • Homophone: torc, torq, torque ( non-rhotic accents only )


    talk ( plural: talks )

    1. A conversation or discussion .
      We need to have a talk about your homework .
    2. A lecture .
      There's a talk about Shakespeare on tonight .
    3. ( preceded by the ) A major topic of social discussion .
      She is the talk of the day .
      The musical is the talk of the town .
    4. ( not preceded by an article ) Empty boasting, promises or claims .
      The party leader's speech was all talk .


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    talk ( third-person singular simple present talks present participle talking, simple past and past participle talked )

    1. ( intransitive ) To communicate, usually by means of speech .
      Although I don't speak Chinese I managed to talk with the villagers using signs and gestures .
    2. ( transitive, informal ) To discuss .
      They sat down to talk business .
      We're not talking rocket science here: it should be easy .
    3. ( slang ) Confess, especially implicating others .
      Suppose he talks? She can be relied upon not to talk. They tried to make me talk .
    4. 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 .
    5. Gossip; create scandal .
      People will talk. Aren't you afraid the neighbours will talk?


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Explanation of talk by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. deliver a lecture or talk

    2. She will talk at Rutgers next week
    3. divulge confidential information or secrets

    4. Be careful--his secretary talks
    5. express in speech

    6. She talks a lot of nonsense
    7. reveal information

    8. If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!
    9. exchange thoughts

    10. We often talk business
      Actions talk louder than words
    11. use language

    12. the baby talks already
    1. the act of giving a talk to an audience

    2. I attended an interesting talk on local history
    3. an exchange of ideas via conversation

    4. let's have more work and less talk around here
    5. discussion

    6. his poetry contains much talk about love and anger
    7. idle gossip or rumor

    8. there has been talk about you lately
    9. a speech that is open to the public

    Definition of talk by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. talk ( tak ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. talked ( takt ); p. pr. & vb. n. talking.] [Cf. LG. talk talk, gabble, Prov. G. talken to speak indistinctly; or OD. tolken to interpret, MHG. tolkan to interpret, to tell, to speak indistinctly, Dan. tolke to interpret, Sw. tolka, Icel. tūlka to interpret, tūlkr an interpreter, Lith. tulkas an interpreter, tulkanti, tulkōti, to interpret, Russ. tolkovate to interpret, to talk about; or perhaps fr. OE. talien to speak ( see tale, v. i. & n. ).]
      1. To utter words; esp., to converse familiarly; to speak, as in familiar discourse, when two or more persons interchange thoughts.

      I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following, but I will not eat with you. Shak.

      2. To confer; to reason; to consult.

      Let me talk with thee of thy judgments. Jer. xii. 1.

      3. To prate; to speak impertinently. [Colloq.]

      To talk of, to relate; to tell; to give an account of; as, “authors talk of the wonderful remains of Palmyra”. “The natural histories of Switzerland talk much of the fall of these rocks, and the great damage done.” Addison. -- To talk to, to advise or exhort, or to reprove gently; as, “I will talk to my son respecting his conduct”. [Colloq.]

    2. Talk, v. t.
      1. To speak freely; to use for conversing or communicating; as, “to talk French”.

      2. To deliver in talking; to speak; to utter; to make a subject of conversation; as, “to talk nonsense; to talk politics”.

      3. To consume or spend in talking; -- often followed by away; as, “to talk away an evening”.

      4. To cause to be or become by talking. “They would talk themselves mad.” Shak.

      To talk over. To talk about; to have conference respecting; to deliberate upon; to discuss; as, “to talk over a matter or plan”. To change the mind or opinion of by talking; to convince; as, “to talk over an opponent”.

    3. Talk, n.
      1. 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.

      In various talk the instructive hours they passed. Pope.

      Their talk, when it was not made up of nautical phrases, was too commonly made up of oaths and curses. Macaulay.

      2. Report; rumor; as, “to hear talk of war”.

      I hear a talk up and down of raising our money. Locke.

      3. Subject of discourse; as, “his achievment is the talk of the town”.

      Syn. -- Conversation; colloquy; discourse; chat; dialogue; conference; communication. See Conversation.