talk down

verb
talked down; talking down; talks down

Definition of talk down

intransitive verb

: to speak in a condescending or oversimplified fashion

transitive verb

: to disparage or belittle by talking

Examples of talk down in a Sentence

a company that prefers to talk up its own products rather than talk down those of its competitors
Recent Examples on the Web Michelle says Martin needs to lift women up and not talk down to them. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 8 Dec. 2021 Leaning into nostalgia for The Lost Boys was the perfect choice because Nightbooks genuinely feels like a loving throwback to the ‘80s when horror projects aimed at kids didn’t talk down to their audience. Josh Weiss, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Few public figures could successfully pull off this kind of project, especially without seeming to talk down to the audience. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2021 One was trying to talk down Parker, who had a gun to his head and was threatening to kill himself. Kyle Whitmire, al, 12 Aug. 2021 One was trying to talk down Parker, who had a gun to his head and was threatening to kill himself. Kyle Whitmire, al, 12 Aug. 2021 One was trying to talk down Parker, who had a gun to his head and was threatening to kill himself. Kyle Whitmire, al, 12 Aug. 2021 Can Peanut talk down a customer who’s irate because their eggs were fried instead of scrambled? Patrick W. Watson, Forbes, 15 June 2021 One was trying to talk down Parker, who had a gun to his head and was threatening to kill himself. Kyle Whitmire, al, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of talk down

1844, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of talk down was in 1844

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Last Updated

19 Dec 2021

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“Talk down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talk%20down. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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