back talk


noun

an impudent response; impudence.

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Origin of back talk

First recorded in 1855–60

Definition for back talk (2 of 2)

back-talk
[ bak-tawk ]
/ ˈbækˌtɔk /

verb (used with or without object)

to answer back.

Origin of back-talk

First recorded in 1855–60
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences 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