• Mrs Pike talks to Sarah and Jane
    Mrs Pike talks to Sarah and Jane
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v talk deliver a lecture or talk "She will talk at Rutgers next week","Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"
    • v talk divulge confidential information or secrets "Be careful--his secretary talks"
    • v talk express in speech "She talks a lot of nonsense","This depressed patient does not verbalize"
    • v talk reveal information "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!","The former employee spilled all the details"
    • v talk exchange thoughts; talk with "We often talk business","Actions talk louder than words"
    • v talk use language "the baby talks already","the prisoner won't speak","they speak a strange dialect"
    • n talk the act of giving a talk to an audience "I attended an interesting talk on local history"
    • n talk an exchange of ideas via conversation "let's have more work and less talk around here"
    • n talk discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of') "his poetry contains much talk about love and anger"
    • n talk idle gossip or rumor "there has been talk about you lately"
    • n talk a speech that is open to the public "he attended a lecture on telecommunications"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Voice, talking. Cheyenne drawing Voice, talking. Cheyenne drawing
Talking. Mexican pictograph Talking. Mexican pictograph
Talk, talking. Wichita Talk, talking. Wichita
The Veteran Talks to si 049 The Veteran Talks to si 049
Ribby talks to Dutchess about pies Ribby talks to Dutchess about pies
What were they talking about, Jane What were they talking about, Jane

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In an episode of the 1962 cartoon The Jestons, Jane Jetson is talking through a video phone. The phone number of The Jetsons was VENUS-1234
    • Talk Report; rumor; as, to hear talk of war. "I hear a talk up and down of raising our money."
    • Talk Subject of discourse; as, his achievment is the talk of the town.
    • Talk 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.""Their talk , when it was not made up of nautical phrases, was too commonly made up of oaths and curses."
    • Talk To cause to be or become by talking. "They would talk themselves mad."
    • Talk To confer; to reason; to consult. "Let me talk with thee of thy judgments."
    • Talk To consume or spend in talking; -- often followed by away; as, to talk away an evening.
    • Talk To deliver in talking; to speak; to utter; to make a subject of conversation; as, to talk nonsense; to talk politics.
    • Talk To prate; to speak impertinently.
    • Talk To speak freely; to use for conversing or communicating; as, to talk French.
    • Talk 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: People that use mobile phones are 2.5 time more likely to develop cancer in areas of the brain that are adjacent to the ear they use to talk on the mobile phone
    • talk To make known or interchange thoughts by means of spoken words; converse: especially implying informal speech and colloquy, or the presence of a hearer.
    • talk To speak incessantly or impertinently; chatter; prate; gossip.
    • talk To communicate ideas through the medium of written characters, gestures, signs, or any other substitute for oral speech.
    • talk To have or exercise the power of speech; utter words; also, to imitate the sound of spoken words, as some birds, mechanical contrivances, etc.
    • talk To consult; confer.
    • talk To produce sounds suggestive of speech.
    • talk To expostulate with; reprove; rebuke.
    • talk Synonyms and Speak, Talk. See speak, v. i.
    • talk To utter; articulate; enunciate.
    • talk To express in words; make known orally; tell: as, to talk treason; to talk common sense.
    • talk To discourse about; speak of; discuss: as, to talk philosophy; to talk shop.
    • talk To use as a spoken language; express one's self orally in: as, to talk French or German.
    • talk To bring, send, induce, influence, or otherwise affect by speech: used in many phrases: as, to talk one into compliance; to talk one's tongue weary.
    • talk To pass or spend in talking: with away: as, to talk away an evening.
    • talk To go over in conversation; review; discuss.
    • n talk Discourse; speech; especially, the familiar oral intercourse of two or more persons; conversation.
    • n talk Report; rumor; gossip.
    • n talk A subject or occasion of talk, especially of gossip; a theme.
    • n talk A more or less formal or public discussion conducted by a body of men, or by two opposing parties, concerning mattery of common interest; a negotiation; a conference; a palaver.
    • n talk Language; speech; lingo.
    • n talk An obsolete spelling of talc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Shirley Temple always has 56 curls in her hair. (talk about uptight).
    • v.i Talk tawk to speak familiarly: to prattle: to reason
    • n Talk familiar conversation: that which is uttered in familiar intercourse: subject of discourse: rumour
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  • Joan Rivers
    Joan Rivers
    “Can we talk?”
  • William Hazlitt
    “I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.”
  • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    “The future? Like unwritten books and unborn children, you don't talk about it.”
  • Will Rogers
    “I like to hear a man talk about himself because then I never hear anything, but good.”
  • Plato
    “When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.”
  • Savielly Tartakower
    Savielly Tartakower
    “I talk to myself because I like dealing with a better class of people.”


All talk and no trousers - (UK) Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn't take any action.
Money talks - This means that people can convey many messages with money, and many things can be discovered about people by observing the way they use their money.
Pep talk - When someone gives you a pep talk it is to build you up to help you accomplish something. In sports a coach might give a player a pep talk before the game to bolster his confidence. At work the boss might give you a pep talk to get you to do a better job.
Sweet-talk - If you sweet-talk someone, you use persuasion and charm to get what you want.
Talk a blue streak - (USA) If someone talks a blue streak, they speak quickly and at length. ('Talk up a blue streak' is also used.)
Talk a glass eye to sleep - Someone who could talk a glass eye to sleep is very boring and repetitive.
Talk is cheap - It's easy to talk about something but harder to actually do it.
Talk nineteen to the dozen - If someone talks very quickly, they talk nineteen to the dozen.
Talk of the town - When everybody is talking about particular people and events, they are he talk of the town.
Talk out of the back of your head - If someone is talking out of the back of their head, they are talking rubbish.
Talk out of your hat - If someone is talking out of their hat, they're talking utter rubbish, especially if compounded with total ignorance of the subject on which they are pontificating. ('Talk through your hat' is also used.)
Talk shop - If you talk shop, you talk about work matters, especially if you do this outside work.
Talk the hind legs off a donkey - A person who is excessively or extremely talkative can talk the hind legs off a donkey.
Talk the legs off an iron pot - (AU) Somebody who is excessively talkative or is especially convincing is said to talk the legs off an iron pot. ('Talk the legs off an iron chair' is also used)
Talk turkey - When people talk turkey, they discuss something frankly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. tlka, to interpret, tlkr, an interpreter, Lith. tulkas, an interpreter, tulkanti, tulkōti, to interpret, Russ. tolkovate, to interpret, to talk about; or perhaps fr. OE. talien, to speak (see Tale (v. i.) & (n.))


In literature:

Hervey Garstaing seemed to do most of the talking.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Go ahead and talk at the same time.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
It was a great thing to talk over, that and the ride on the elephant.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
I'll talk things over with Miss St. Quentin, and she'll talk 'em over with you later.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I think I shall give 'talks' all winter and invite you over to Sudbury Street, with your sewing, for I never shall be talked out.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
I did not see what he had to talk to me about; but I wanted to talk to him.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Just because I talk foolish talk, Mr. Dennis, ain't a sign that I don't feel bad.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
There goes your Yankee caution talking!
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
But after a while he found himself leading the talk of a section of the room, and getting excitement and pleasure out of the talk itself.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
First you talk to him about education, and then you suck his blood.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann

In poetry:

Through all the fears that spirits bow
Of what hath been, or may befall,
Come down and talk with me, for thou
Canst tell me all about them all.
"A Winter Prayer" by George MacDonald
I pity all that worldlings talk
Of pleasures that will quickly end;
Be this my choice, O Lord, to walk
With thee, my Guide, my Guard, my Friend.
"Walking With God" by John Newton
And he answered them and said, 'I will talk to you about all other
things that are in heaven and on earth, but about God I will not
talk to you. Neither now, nor at any time, will I talk to you
about God.'
"The Teacher Of Wisdom" by Oscar Wilde
Crying after the follies gone by me,
Quiet talking is all that is left us
Gentle talking, not like the first talking, less lively;
And to follow after friendship, as they call it,
Weeping that we can follow naught else.
"Impressions Of Francois-Marie Arouet (De Voltaire)" by Ezra Pound
O father, it is alive—it is full of people—it has children!
O now it seems to me it is talking to its children!
I hear it—it talks to me—O it is wonderful!
O it stretches—it spreads and runs so fast! O my father,
"Sing Of The Banner At Day-Break" by Walt Whitman
And wrung my wretched hands, and hid my face.
"O, now I know the reason, Love," I said,
"We've talked, and talked, and talked the livelong day,
Like strangers, on the day that we were wed;
For I remember now that you were dead!"
"That Never Was On Sea Or Land" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

In news:

While talking about the upcoming Flashback segment, Producer Joe's roid-head challenge, we started talking about some of the past Joe stunts that have gotten a ton of views on YouTube.
Don't talk about Zionism, talk about solutions.
Chris Antonetti talks about acquiring Drew Stubbs, Trevor Bauer Cleveland Indians GM Chris Antonetti talks about acquiring Trevor Bauer and Drew Stubbs in a trade made yesterday.
Tyson Chandler talks about the matchup with Miami Dallas big man Tyson Chandler, a former New Orleans Hornets player, talks about the matchup his team has against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
Talk about a scary travel trend (and no, we're not talking about the increasing cost of gas).
They're not just talking the talk, stars are voting and sharing their experiences and thoughts on Twitter.
Sometimes people talk past an issue, meaning they talk it to death.
LaMarcus Aldridge talks about playing alongside energetic JJ Hickson Blazers postgame video: LaMarcus Aldridge talks about playing alongside energetic JJ Hickson Watch video.
The "We Need To Talk About Kevin" star, who recently talked to Out about his.
We say that when we don't know what to talk about with another person or we run out of things to say, we can always talk about the weather.
The cable giant and MSG have been locked into carriage talks for sports networks, but now the music channel, on which Cee Lo Green hosts a talk show, has become a victim.
Cruisin' Talk first started on the radio back in 1993 and was welcomed to the lineup of Talk 650 KSTE in November 2008.
Keith Farner Owner Patsy Odum talks on the phone while employee Barb Redmond, left, talks with co-workers.
Let's not talk about Laguna, let's talk about the MLS season opening match tonight agains Toronto.
Obama, congressional leaders talk compromise, lay down markers on coming debt, spending talks.

In science:

So, the superconformal transformations consist of two distinct class of transformations, the holomorphic and the antiholomorphic, that do not talk to each other.
Two dimensional fractional supersymmetric conformal field theories and the two point functions
Thus we can talk of the stable isomorphism class of U Dt/F (V )P On as representing A2,n .
Generic algebras with involution of degree 8m
We do not talk to much on this problem here, for we will discuss this problem again in details in the chapter on the classical limit of the quantum gauge theory of gravity.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
Courtens, talk at the International Discussion Meeting on Slow Relaxations 2001, Creta; L.
Boson peak in an harmonic scalar model
Courtens, talk at the International Discussion Meeting on Slow Relaxations 2001, Creta; L.
Vibrations in glasses and Euclidean Random Matrix theory