Nearby words

  1. talipes valgus,
  2. talipes varus,
  3. talipomanus,
  4. talipot,
  5. talisman,
  6. talk about,
  7. talk around,
  8. talk at,
  9. talk back,
  10. talk between ships


Origin of talk

1175–1225; Middle English talk(i)en to converse, speak, derivative (with -k suffix) of tale speech, discourse, tale; cognate with Frisian (E dial.) talken

1. See speak. 4, 20. prattle. 34. discourse. 17. colloquy, dialogue, parley, confabulation.

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British Dictionary definitions for talk at

talk at


(intr, preposition) to speak to (a person) in a way that indicates a response is not really wantedI wish he'd talk to me rather than at me


/ (tɔːk) /



Derived Formstalkable, adjectivetalkability, nountalker, noun

Word Origin for talk

C13 talkien to talk; related to Old English talu tale, Frisian talken to talk

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Word Origin and History for talk at
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Idioms and Phrases with talk at

talk at

Speak to someone without regard for or interest in his or her reaction or response. For example, She had a way of talking at us that was quite unpleasant. [First half of 1800s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with talk

  • talk around
  • talk at
  • talk back
  • talk big
  • talk dirty
  • talk down
  • talk down to
  • talked out
  • talk into
  • talk of the town, the
  • talk out
  • talk out of
  • talk over
  • talk sense
  • talk shop
  • talk someone's arm off
  • talk through one's hat
  • talk to
  • talk turkey
  • talk up

also see:

  • all talk
  • dirty joke (talk dirty)
  • double talk
  • heart to heart (talk)
  • look who's talking
  • money talks
  • now you're talking
  • small talk
  • straight talk
  • sweet talk
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