back talk


Definition of back talk

: impudent, insolent, or argumentative replies

Examples of back talk in a Sentence

Don't give me any back talk! his mother sent him to his room because of his constant back talk
Recent Examples on the Web Watching Felton brings back talk of Duke Johnson following Hue Jackson around to meetings in 2017. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 31 July 2021 The audience’s engagement with the play itself, a recent hit Off Broadway, was likewise palpable, with hoots and gasps and back talk that enhanced the comedy as well as the dramatic turns. Jesse Green, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2020 Flo from Alice This sassy Texas waitress wouldn’t take any back talk or nonsense from the customers at the diner. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 5 Apr. 2020 And the Roborock won’t give you any sassy back talk like Rosie. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, 24 June 2019 After a week off, Gov. Ned Lamont is back talking about tolls, this time convening a meeting at the state Capitol to continue discussions ahead of a potential tolls vote this summer. Russell Blair,, 21 June 2019 His message is always the same: No fouls, no bad conduct, and whatever happens, no back talk to the referees. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 29 June 2018 It will be broken down into two back-to-back talks, one with drama writers, and another with comedy writers., 6 June 2018 In back-to-back talks, Lundin made the case for FODMAPs, and Alaedini for an immune reaction. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, 23 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of back talk

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Back talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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