[ bak-tawk ]
/ ˈbækˌtɔk /

verb (used with or without object)

to answer back.

Nearby words

  1. back-seat driver,
  2. back-slapping,
  3. back-stabbing,
  4. back-stitch,
  5. back-street,
  6. back-to-back,
  7. back-to-basics,
  8. back-to-nature,
  9. back-trail,
  10. back-up light

Origin of back-talk

First recorded in 1855–60

back talk


an impudent response; impudence.

Origin of back talk

First recorded in 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for back-talk

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

    Candle and Crib|K. F. Purdon
  • 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