cross talk

or cross-talk, crosstalk

  1. interference heard on a telephone or radio because of unintentional coupling to another communication channel.

  2. incidental conversation; chatter, as opposed to formal discussion: The meeting was slowed by cross talk between board members.

  1. British. witty, fast-paced dialogue, especially in a play, comic act, etc.; repartee.

Origin of cross talk

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cross talk in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for crosstalk


/ (ˈkrɒsˌtɔːk) /

  1. unwanted signals in one channel of a communications system as a result of a transfer of energy from one or more other channels

  2. British rapid or witty talk or conversation

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