talk big, Informal. to speak boastingly; brag: He always talked big, but never amounted to anything.
    talk someone's head/ear off, to bore or weary someone by excessive talk; talk incessantly: All I wanted was a chance to read my book, but my seatmate talked my ear off.
    talk to death,
    1. to impede or prevent the passage of (a bill) through filibustering.
    2. to talk to incessantly or at great length.

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
Related formstalk·a·ble, adjectivetalk·a·bil·i·ty, nountalk·er, nounin·ter·talk, verb (used without object)non·talk·er, nouno·ver·talk, verbun·der·talk, nounun·talk·ing, adjective

Synonyms for talk

1. See speak. 4, 20. prattle. 34. discourse. 17. colloquy, dialogue, parley, confabulation. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for talk over



(intr; often foll by to or with) to express one's thoughts, feelings, or desires by means of words (to); speak (to)
(intr) to communicate or exchange thoughts by other meanslovers talk with their eyes
(intr usually foll by about) to exchange ideas, pleasantries, or opinions (about)to talk about the weather
(intr) to articulate words; verbalizehis baby can talk
(tr) to give voice to; utterto talk rubbish
(tr) to hold a conversation about; discussto talk business
(intr) to reveal informationthe prisoner talked after torture
(tr) to know how to communicate in (a language or idiom)he talks English
(intr) to spread rumours or gossipwe don't want the neighbours to talk
(intr) to make sounds suggestive of talking
(intr) to be effective or persuasivemoney talks
now you're talking informal at last you're saying something agreeable
talk big to boast or brag
talk shop to speak about one's work, esp when meeting socially, sometimes with the effect of excluding those not similarly employed
talk the talk to speak convincingly on a particular subject, showing apparent mastery of its jargon and themes; often used in combination with the expression walk the walkSee also walk (def. 18b)
you can talk informal you don't have to worry about doing a particular thing yourself
you can't talk informal you yourself are guilty of offending in the very matter you are decrying


a speech or lecturea talk on ancient Rome
an exchange of ideas or thoughtsa business talk with a colleague
idle chatter, gossip, or rumourthere has been a lot of talk about you two
a subject of conversation; themeour talk was of war
(often plural) a conference, discussion, or negotiationtalks about a settlement
a specific manner of speakingchildren's talk
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 over



late 15c., "speech, discourse, conversation," from talk (v.). Meaning "informal lecture or address" is from 1859. Talk of the town first recorded 1620s. Talk show first recorded 1965; talk radio is from 1985.



early 13c., talken, probably a diminutive or frequentative form related to Middle English tale "story," ultimately from the same source as tale (cf. hark from hear, stalk from steal) and replacing that word as a verb. East Frisian has talken "to talk, chatter, whisper." Related: Talked; talking.

To talk shop is from 1854. To talk turkey is from 1824, supposedly from an elaborate joke about a swindled Indian. To talk back "answer impudently or rudely" is from 1869. Phrase talking head is by 1966 in the jargon of television production, "an in-tight closeup of a human head talking on television." In reference to a person who habitually appears on television in talking-head shots (usually a news anchor), by 1970. The phrase is used earlier, in reference to the well-known magic trick (e.g. Senior Wences talking head-in-the-box trick on the "Ed Sullivan Show"), and to actual talking heads in mythology around the world (e.g. Orpheus, Bran).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with talk over

talk over


Discuss thoroughly, as in Let's talk over the entire plan and see if we discover any flaws. [First half of 1700s]


Win someone over by persuasion, as in We talked them over to our point of view. [First half of 1800s] Also see talk around.


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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