shop·​talk | \ ˈshäp-ˌtȯk How to pronounce shoptalk (audio) \

Definition of shoptalk

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

Examples of shoptalk in a Sentence

There was a lot of shoptalk at the office party. eventually, he got bored with the shoptalk of the nuclear engineers, which he barely understood
Recent Examples on the Web In between performances and shoptalk, Saul and Caprice are drawn into overlapping intrigues involving a dead child and an inner-beauty pageant. New York Times, 2 June 2022 The structure doesn’t mimic memory so much as the marathon conversations between Amis and Hitchens, some replicated here, that roved between history, gossip, craft, shoptalk. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2020 But as at any industry gathering, shoptalk is hard to avoid. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2020 My mother was becoming increasingly wary of the stir-crazy shoptalk from a group of 40-year-old guys who were three trail beers away from skiing down the mountain to their deaths. Kaitlin Phillips, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2018 Listening to Chicago law enforcement shoptalk is a lot of fun. Elissa Schappell, Vanities, 18 Oct. 2017 Listening to Chicago law enforcement shoptalk is a lot of fun. Elissa Schappell,, 18 Oct. 2017 Friends called it candid shoptalk by perfectionists who respected each other intellectually, emotionally and professionally. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of shoptalk

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shoptalk was in 1881

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shop steward


shop the store

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22 Jun 2022

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“Shoptalk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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