verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to talk to in a manner that indicates that a response is not expected or wanted.
- to direct remarks meant for one person to another person present; speak indirectly to.
- to overwhelm by force of argument or by loud and persistent talking; subdue by talking.
- to speak disparagingly of; belittle.
- Also talk in. to give instructions to by radio for a ground-controlled landing, especially to a pilot who is unable to make a conventional landing because of snow, fog, etc.
- to talk until conversation is exhausted.
- to attempt to reach a settlement or understanding by discussion: We arrived at a compromise by talking out the problem.
- British Politics. to thwart the passage of (a bill, motion, etc.) by prolonging discussion until the session of Parliament adjourns.Compare filibuster(def 5).
- to weigh in conversation; consider; discuss.
- to cause (someone) to change an opinion; convince by talking: He became an expert at talking people over to his views.
- to promote interest in; discuss enthusiastically.
- to speak without hesitation; speak distinctly and openly: If you don't talk up now, you may not get another chance.
- to impede or prevent the passage of (a bill) through filibustering.
- to talk to incessantly or at great length.
Origin of talk
Examples from the Web for talking
Parents are talking about it, schools are talking about it, even kids themselves are talking about it.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Talking about death is never easy, but with food, comfort, and familiarity, a new kind of dinner party is making it easier.
But they [Castro and Chito] must have been talking business.
Like his old man, he keeps it reined in, but when talking about fishing, a true regret seeps out.
And Marvin never tires of looking at it or talking about it.
But in talking about his own son's wife, no word as to her eligibility or non-eligibility in this respect escaped his lips.The Last Chronicle of Barset|Anthony Trollope
The apology for tea was brought, and both accepted it, talking of trivialities.Scarlet and Hyssop|E. F. Benson
Bud Hyslop and a stranger were talking together a little apart from Dan.Gypsies of the Air|Bess Moyer
What talking could possibly be of service to such a one as this Miss Amedroz?The Belton Estate|Anthony Trollope
By some means you have made me feel to-night just as I did that day when I was talking with her the last time.The Missionary|George Griffith
British Dictionary definitions for talking
Derived Formstalkable, adjectivetalkability, nountalker, noun
Word Origin for talk
Idioms and Phrases with talking
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
- 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