back talk

or back·talk

[ bak-tawk ]
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  1. rude or disrespectful replies to the requests or directives of an authority figure; sass: That kind of back talk will get her in trouble at school.

verb (used with or without object)back-talk .
  1. to reply to (someone in authority) in a rude or disrespectful manner: They back-talk to their parents and have never really had any discipline. Don't back-talk me, son.

Origin of back talk

First recorded in 1855–60

Other words for back talk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023