Idioms

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
SYNONYMS FOR talk
1 See speak.
4, 20 prattle.
34 discourse.
17 colloquy, dialogue, parley, confabulation.
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British Dictionary definitions for talk down (1 of 2)

talk down


verb (adverb)

(intr often foll by to) to behave (towards) in a superior or haughty manner
(tr) to override (a person or argument) by continuous or loud talking
(tr) to give instructions to (an aircraft) by radio to enable it to land

British Dictionary definitions for talk down (2 of 2)

talk

/ (tɔːk) /

verb

noun

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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Idioms and Phrases with talk down (1 of 2)

talk down


1

Belittle, depreciate, as in They talked down the importance of the move.

2

Silence someone by speaking loudly and persistently, as in They talked down whatever objections she brought up. [Early 1800s]

3

Help an aircraft to land by giving directions via radio, as in The fog was so thick the control tower had to talk us down. [c. 1940]

4

See talk down to.

Idioms and Phrases with talk down (2 of 2)

talk


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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