Definitions for: Talk


[n] the act of giving a talk to an audience; "I attended an interesting talk on local history"
[n] an exchange of ideas via conversation; "let's have more work and less talk around here"
[n] (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of') discussion; "his poetry contains much talk about love and anger"
[n] idle gossip or rumor; "there has been talk about you lately"
[n] a speech that is open to the public; "he attended a lecture on telecommunications"
[v] deliver a lecture or talk; "She will talk at Rutgers next week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"
[v] divulge information or secrets; spill the beans; "Be careful--his secretary talks"
[v] express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
[v] reveal information; let the cat out of the bag; "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!"
[v] exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"
[v] use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect"



Webster (1913) Definition: Talk, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Talked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Talking.] [Cf. LG. talk talk, gabble, Prov. G. talken to
speak indistinctly; or OD. tolken to interpret, MHG. tolkan
to interpret, to tell, to speak indistinctly, Dan. tolke to
interpret, Sw. tolka, Icel. t?lka to interpret, t?lkr an
interpreter, Lith. tulkas an interpreter, tulkanti,
tulk[=o]ti, to interpret, Russ. tolkovate to interpret, to
talk about; or perhaps fr. OE. talien to speak (see Tale,
v. i. & n.).]
1. To utter words; esp., to converse familiarly; to speak, as
in familiar discourse, when two or more persons
interchange thoughts.

I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you,
walk with you, and so following, but I will not eat
with you. --Shak.

2. To confer; to reason; to consult.

Let me talk with thee of thy judgments. --Jer. xii.
1.

3. To prate; to speak impertinently. [Colloq.]

To talk of, to relate; to tell; to give an account of; as,
authors talk of the wonderful remains of Palmyra. ``The
natural histories of Switzerland talk much of the fall of
these rocks, and the great damage done.'' --Addison.

To talk to, to advise or exhort, or to reprove gently; as,
I will talk to my son respecting his conduct. [Colloq.]


Talk, v. t.
1. To speak freely; to use for conversing or communicating;
as, to talk French.

2. To deliver in talking; to speak; to utter; to make a
subject of conversation; as, to talk nonsense; to talk
politics.

3. To consume or spend in talking; -- often followed by away;
as, to talk away an evening.

4. To cause to be or become by talking. ``They would talk
themselves mad.'' --Shak.

To talk over.
(a) To talk about; to have conference respecting; to
deliberate upon; to discuss; as, to talk over a matter
or plan.
(b) To change the mind or opinion of by talking; to
convince; as, to talk over an opponent.


Talk, n.
1. The act of talking; especially, familiar converse; mutual
discourse; that which is uttered, especially in familiar
conversation, or the mutual converse of two or more.

In various talk the instructive hours they passed.
--Pope.

Their talk, when it was not made up of nautical
phrases, was too commonly made up of oaths and
curses. --Macaulay.

2. Report; rumor; as, to hear talk of war.

I hear a talk up and down of raising our money.
--Locke.

3. Subject of discourse; as, his achievment is the talk of
the town.

Syn: Conversation; colloquy; discourse; chat; dialogue;
conference; communication. See Conversation.

Synonyms: babble, babble out, blab, blab out, lecture, lecture, mouth, peach, public lecture, sing, speak, talk of the town, talking, tattle, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Antonyms: keep one's mouth shut, keep quiet, shut one's mouth

See Also: address, bark, bay, begin, blabber, blubber, blubber out, blunder out, blurt, blurt out, break, bring out, bumble, butterfly, cackle, cackle, cant, carry on, chalk talk, chant, chat up, chatter, chatter, cheek, clack, comment, communicate, continue, conversation, converse, coquet, coquette, dally, deliver, dialog, dialogue, disclose, discourse, discourse, discover, discussion, dissertate, divulge, dogmatise, dogmatize, drone, drone on, duologue, ejaculate, enthuse, expose, falter, flirt, gabble, generalise, generalize, gibber, give away, go on, gossip, gossip, gulp, hiss, idle words, impart, inflect, instruct, intercommunicate, intone, jabber, jaw, jazz, learn, lecture, lecturing, let on, let out, level, lip off, mash, maunder, modulate, monologuise, monologuize, mouth off, mumble, murmur, mussitate, mutter, nothingness, open up, orate, palaver, philander, phonate, piffle, pious platitude, pontificate, prate, prattle, preach, present, proceed, prophesy, rabbit on, rant, rap, rasp, rattle on, rave, read, reveal, romance, run on, scuttlebutt, shoot one's mouth off, shop talk, shout, sibilate, siss, sizz, slang, slur, smatter, snap, snarl, snivel, soliloquise, soliloquize, speak for, speak in tongues, speak up, speech, spiel, spout, stammer, stutter, swallow, talk about, talk down, talk of, talk turkey, teach, tell, tittle-tattle, treatment, troll, twaddle, vocalise, vocalize, whiff, whine, whisper, wind, yack, yack, yack away, yak, yakety-yak, yap away

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