verb (used with or without object)

to answer back.

Origin of back-talk

First recorded in 1855–60

back talk


an impudent response; impudence.

Origin of back talk

First recorded in 1855–60

Synonyms for back talk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for back-talk

Historical Examples of back-talk

  • The commissioner was not used to back-talk from railroaders, no matter how high their office, and he stuck to his point.

    The Modern Railroad

    Edward Hungerford

  • And Art was always good and biddable with her; never gave any back-talk, or was contrary.

    Candle and Crib

    K. F. Purdon