- speech using nonsense syllables along with words in a rapid patter.
- deliberately evasive or ambiguous language: When you try to get a straight answer, he gives you double-talk.
- to engage in double-talk.
- to accomplish or persuade by double-talk.
Origin of double-talk
- rapid speech with a mixture of nonsense syllables and real words; gibberish
- empty, deceptive, or ambiguous talk, esp by politicians
Word Origin and History for double talk
Idioms and Phrases with double talk
Meaningless speech, gibberish mixing real and invented words. For example, Some popular songs are actually based on double talk. [1930s]
Also, doublespeak. Deliberately ambiguous and evasive language. For example, I got tired of her double talk and demanded to know the true story, or His press secretary was very adept at doublespeak. This usage dates from the late 1940s, and the variant from about 1950.