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

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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 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, "Martin Amis Offers the ‘Inside Story’ of His Relationships With Three Famous Writers," 20 Oct. 2020 But as at any industry gathering, shoptalk is hard to avoid. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "The National Media Mob Descends on Iowa," 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, "A Modern Love Story," 13 Feb. 2018 Listening to Chicago law enforcement shoptalk is a lot of fun. Elissa Schappell, Vanities, "Where Jennifer Egan Drew the Line for Researching Her New Novel Manhattan Beach," 18 Oct. 2017 Listening to Chicago law enforcement shoptalk is a lot of fun. Elissa Schappell,, "Where Jennifer Egan Drew the Line for Researching Her New Novel Manhattan Beach," 18 Oct. 2017 Friends called it candid shoptalk by perfectionists who respected each other intellectually, emotionally and professionally. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Eli Wallach, Multifaceted Actor on Stage and Screen, Dies at 98 JUNE 25, 2014," 13 Apr. 2016

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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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“Shoptalk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shoptalk

chiefly US : talk that is related to your work or special interests

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