back talk


an impudent response; impudence.

Origin of back talk

First recorded in 1855–60

Synonyms for back talk



verb (used with or without object)

to answer back.

Origin of back-talk

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

Related Words for backtalk

lip, sass

Word Origin and History for backtalk

also back-talk, "impertinent retort," 1858, originally often used in literary attempts at low Irish idiom, from back (adj.) + talk (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper