cross talk

or cross-talk, cross·talk


interference heard on a telephone or radio because of unintentional coupling to another communication channel.
incidental conversation; chatter, as opposed to formal discussion: The meeting was slowed by cross talk between board members.
British. witty, fast-paced dialogue, especially in a play, comic act, etc.; repartee.

Nearby words

  1. cross someone's palm with silver,
  2. cross someone's path,
  3. cross street,
  4. cross stroke,
  5. cross swords,
  6. cross the rubicon,
  7. cross to bear,
  8. cross tolerance,
  9. cross training,
  10. cross up

Origin of cross talk

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for crosstalk


/ (ˈkrɒsˌtɔːk) /


unwanted signals in one channel of a communications system as a result of a transfer of energy from one or more other channels
British rapid or witty talk or conversation
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