[ taw-king-too ]
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noun,plural talk·ing-tos.
  1. a scolding.

Origin of talking-to

First recorded in 1875–80

Words Nearby talking-to Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use talking-to in a sentence

  • We are as much given to talking to-day as we were to silence last evening.

    Hania | Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • For it had been about the "Novum" that Stan had given Strong that talking-to.

    A Crooked Mile | Oliver Onions

British Dictionary definitions for talking-to


  1. informal a session of criticism, as of the work or attitude of a subordinate by a person in authority

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