shoptalk

noun shop·talk \ ˈshäp-ˌtȯk \

Definition of shoptalk

:the jargon or subject matter peculiar to an occupation or a special area of interest

Examples of shoptalk in a Sentence

  1. There was a lot of shoptalk at the office party.

  2. eventually, he got bored with the shoptalk of the nuclear engineers, which he barely understood

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First Known Use of shoptalk

1881


SHOPTALK Defined for English Language Learners

shoptalk

noun

Definition of shoptalk for English Language Learners

  • : talk that is related to your work or special interests



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