Origin of talkie

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; talk + (mov)ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of talkies

  • When I was in the 'talkies,' I used to hear a lot about realism.

    Laugh and Live

    Douglas Fairbanks

British Dictionary definitions for talkies


  1. informal an early film with a soundtrackFull name: talking picture
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Word Origin and History for talkies



"motion picture with sound," 1913, from earlier talking picture (1908), from talk (v.).

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