or dou·ble·talk

[ duhb-uh l-tawk ]
/ ˈdʌb əlˌtɔk /


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.

verb (used without object)

to engage in double-talk.

verb (used with object)

to accomplish or persuade by double-talk.

Origin of double-talk

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40

OTHER WORDS FROM double-talk

dou·ble-talk·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for double-talk

  • Also, it has some of the elements of modern international diplomacy in its double-talk and duplicity.

    David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
  • Now they would stall him off about the machines after handing him a fast line of double-talk.

    Assassin|Jesse Franklin Bone