[ tawk-bak ]
/ ˈtɔkˌbæk /

noun Radio and Television.

a communications system enabling those in the studio to hear control-room personnel through a loudspeaker or headphones.



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Origin of talk-back

Noun use of verb phrase talk back Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for talk-back

talk back

verb (intr, adverb)

to answer boldly or impudently
NZ to conduct a telephone dialogue for immediate transmission over the air

noun talkback

television radio a system of telephone links enabling spoken directions to be given during the production of a programme
  1. a broadcast telephone dialogue
  2. (as modifier)a talkback show
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with talk-back

talk back

Also, answer back. Reply rudely or impertinently, as in She was always in trouble for talking back, or The teacher won't allow anyone to answer back to her. [Second half of 1800s]

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