[ bak-tawk ]
/ ˈbækˌtɔk /

verb (used with or without object)

to answer back.

Origin of back-talk

First recorded in 1855–60

Definition for back-talk (2 of 2)

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