Meaning of TALK in English

I. ˈtȯk verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English talken; akin to Frisian talken to talk, Old English talu tale — more at tale

transitive verb

1. : to deliver or express in speech : say , utter

to say that … is to talk very little sense — Charlton Laird

the vice-president talked what … was sensible enough — O.W.Holmes †1935


a. : to make the subject of conversation or discourse : consider , discuss

talked books till the small hours — H.J.Laski

talk the day's news — Paul Engle

never … talks personalities — Elmer Davis

— often used with over

talked it over with his family — W.L.Gresham

suggest … that the three of us talk the situation over — H.B.Safford

b. : to speak confidently or boastfully of without matching the words with performance

talks a good, enlightened prolabor line which … turns out to be window dressing — New Republic

they don't just talk a good game, they play it — Charles Price

3. : to use (a language) for conversing or communicating : speak

to talk the language well is still the indispensable accomplishment of a gentleman — E.G.Bulwer-Lytton

the peculiar French patois that he talked — Aaron Copland

talked Italian fluently and French like a Frenchman — G.M.Trevelyan


a. : to bring to a specified state by talking

talked herself hoarse answering queries over the phone — Jane Woodfin

talked him deaf, dumb, and blind

talk the economy into a recession — New Republic

b. : to persuade, influence, or affect by talking

could talk the university into giving me money enough — Oliver LaFarge

his own weak effort to talk himself out of what he had already decided to do — W.F.Davis

intransitive verb


a. : to express, communicate, or exchange ideas or thoughts by means of spoken words : converse

had supper and talked until very late — Bruce Siberts & W.D.Wyman

stood outside … in little groups talking — Louis Bromfield

— often used with to or with

talks to the children when they come to see him

out talking with the neighbors

b. : to convey information or communicate with signs or with sounds made as if by talking

30 deaf mutes, their faces alight … when they talk — W.F.McDermott

ahead of him two flickers were talking — Steve Frazee

a rawhide drum started talking in measured beats — F.B.Gipson

on the flying bridge … the light began to talk to us — Vincent McHugh

how to choose the book that's going to talk to him in a way he finds enjoyable — Horace Sutton

c. : to make sounds or noises that are suggestive of talking

a bracing wind … talks menacingly of storm and stress and shipwreck — Alfred Buchanan

a gun was talking … filling the night with battle uproar — Alan LeMay


a. : to use the faculty of speech : utter or make the sound of words

talk in human language better than many a parrot — Morris Gilbert

most hard-of-hearing people … talk very loud — Eleanor B. Simmons

this is a microphone … you talk straight into it — Jane Woodfin

b. : to speak idly or incessantly to no purpose : prate , chatter

all the while she talked, saying trivial, idiotic things — Louis Bromfield

foolish and perverse, banal, intolerably talking on and on — H.O.Taylor

and Congress talked — Economist

c. : to speak to the point : say something worthwhile

now you're talking

: carry weight

money talks


a. : to transmit a speculation or rumor usually about another : gossip — often used with about

she does not talk about others behind their backs

b. : to reveal secret or confidential information usually concerning unlawful acts or practices

he talked and revealed much valuable information to the F.B.I. — J.M.Wolfe

cash-on-the-side payments … are oftentimes difficult to ascertain unless the buyer talks — M.B.Clinard

4. : to give a talk : lecture

he talks on the radio and to community groups

Synonyms: see speak

- talk at

- talk big

- talk of

- talk one's head off

- talk one's way

- talk sense

- talk through one's hat

- talk to

- talk to death

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from talken to talk


a. : the act of talking : speech , conversation

an opportunity to … enjoy a bit of talk — Margaret Jones

asked the question … with apparent intention only of keeping talk going — Gilbert Parker

b. : an instance or period of such speech or conversation

expects to have a long talk with his old friend

stops to have talks with people he knows


a. : the utterance of words : articulation

writers … whose ear for the vernacular is so accurate that they can bring a whole stratum of society to life by the talk of their characters — Amy Loveman

it is difficult to understand them because of their strange talk

b. : pointless or fruitless discussion : verbiage , chatter

meeting produced little but talk — Time

a man who has had his dinner is never a revolutionist: his politics are all talk — G.B.Shaw

the drowning of one's mental disturbances in brave talk — W.J.Reilly

3. : a formal or prearranged discussion, negotiation, or exchange of views usually of a political nature : conference , meeting

latest bid for Big Four talks on a … peace treaty — Current History

sent word to … come in for talks at Fort King — Marjory S. Douglas


a. : the making of often speculative statements or comment : mention , report

much talk of the atomic bomb — C.G.McAleer

talk of acquiring a large amount of surplus war material — A.H.Lybyer

all the talk we hear about quality being adversely affected — Bruce Payne

b. : rumor , gossip

only telling you the talk in our neighborhood — Mary R. Rinehart

a lot too much talk going on — S.H.Adams

5. : the topic of interested comment, conversation, or gossip

it was the talk not only of the town but of the country — Edward Bok

by evening of that day the project had become the talk … of the whole community — L.B.Salomon

a pert young daughter … whose adventures were common talk — L.C.Douglas


a. : an analysis or discussion formally prepared for public presentation : speech , lecture

at the first American Writers' Congress … he gave a talk on “The Tradition of American Literature” — C.I.Glicksberg

broadcasts a weekly inspirational talk called “The Art of Living” — Bernard Kalb

b. : written analysis or discussion presented in an informal or conversational manner

here is timeless old England … given in such lists and such talk as only this writer can command — New York Herald Tribune Book Review

wrote a book called Talks to Teachers

7. : communicative sounds or signs resembling or functioning as talk

heard a scuffle and then a good deal of pheasant talk up a hill among some huge boulders — Dillon Ripley

lake ships use a whistle talk that consists of 450 different signals — H.F.Unger

occasional slang signs with which a deaf person … intersperses his talk — J.S.Long

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.