talk

verb
\ ˈtȯk How to pronounce talk (audio) \
talked; talking; talks

Definition of talk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken words
b : to convey information or communicate in any way (as with signs or sounds) can make a trumpet talk make the computer talk to the printer
2 : to use speech : speak
3a : to speak idly : prate
b : gossip
c : to reveal secret or confidential information
4 : to give a talk : lecture

transitive

1 : to deliver or express in speech : utter
2 : to make the subject of conversation or discourse : discuss talk business
3 : to influence, affect, or cause by talking talked them into going
4 : to use (a language) for conversing or communicating : speak
talk back
: to answer impertinently
talk sense
: to voice rational, logical, or sensible thoughts
talk through one's hat
: to voice irrational, illogical, or erroneous ideas
talk turkey
: to speak frankly or bluntly

talk

noun

Definition of talk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of talking : speech
2 : a way of speaking : language
3 : pointless or fruitless discussion : verbiage
4 : a formal discussion, negotiation, or exchange of views often used in plural
6 : the topic of interested comment, conversation, or gossip it's the talk of the town
b : written analysis or discussion presented in an informal or conversational manner
8 : communicative sounds or signs resembling or functioning as talk bird talk

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from talk

Verb

talker noun

Examples of talk in a Sentence

Verb She never talks at the meetings. He did most of the talking during dinner. He loves to hear himself talk. I think she's talking a lot of nonsense. I can't talk right now. I'm running late. They were talking in Spanish. We talked on the phone until midnight. Both sides in the dispute are now willing to talk. They are in the conference room talking business. She had laryngitis and couldn't talk. Noun the noted author's talk on the state of the modern novel what good will all this talk do when we need to take action now?
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Listen to the authors Tayari Jones and Brit Bennett talk about their latest works and race and love in America. Adriana Balsamo, New York Times, "Fill Up on Tea or a New Film by Steve McQueen," 26 Sep. 2020 Commanders also realized which systems can talk to each with the right bypasses and manual adjustments, and which cannot. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "NATO tightens coordination in Baltics as Russia looms: 'We're not gonna be fighting alone'," 25 Sep. 2020 Wallace stopped to talk with Matt Lasinski, who owns the Southern Provisions restaurant. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "How an independent candidate for Baltimore mayor is trying to persuade a deep-blue city to vote for him," 25 Sep. 2020 In a Queens plaza, food vendors talk about survival in a crisis, state neglect, and the meaning of community care. Luis Feliz Leon, The New Republic, "Immigrant Street Vendors Are Feeding Others to Feed Themselves During the Pandemic," 23 Sep. 2020 The politicians talk, campaign, lobby one another and their constituents. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "How one Austin road trip made enduring the pandemic a little bit easier," 21 Sep. 2020 The workers talk to other homeless people and encourage them to get off the streets. Martha Shade, CNN, "How a TED Talk and a used van turned this teen into a fighter for the homeless," 21 Sep. 2020 Michael Bergmann and Jeff Merrill of Portland Track and former McKenzie High School coach Jeff Sherman talk about the wildfires that ravaged the McKenzie River area in this video conference call with DyeStat’s Doug Binder. oregonlive, "Ryan Crouser and Jessica Hull continue to rock the European circuit: Oregon track & field rundown," 15 Sep. 2020 As cases multiply, health officials talk through options with school leaders. Erin Golden, Star Tribune, "As outbreaks emerge, Minnesota school leaders put their COVID contingency plans to the test," 12 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the end, the judge said, there was no proof of a real plot to overthrow the government or kill police, only people engaging in unsavory talk. Frank Witsil, USA TODAY, "Michigan extremists plotted to kidnap Gov. Whitmer, start civil war. Here's why the state is a 'hotbed' for similar groups," 9 Oct. 2020 In a letter to U.S. District Judge Richard Jones, Brasfield wrote that his long history of depression and other mental health issues had left him susceptible to the influence of doomsday talk on the internet. Gene Johnson, Star Tribune, "Felon who made 'ghost guns' sentenced to 5 years in prison," 9 Oct. 2020 In an affidavit accompanying the complaint, an FBI agent wrote that talk of targeting the governor surfaced as early as June as Fox and other members of an unnamed militia met in Ohio. CBS News, "Feds charge 6 in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer," 8 Oct. 2020 Most of the early part of this episode is talk amongst the players about keeping the nominations the same. Kyle Fowle, EW.com, "Big Brother recap: Is Cody the frontrunner for the $500,000?," 8 Oct. 2020 Though the candidates were mostly polite, there were interruptions and talk-overs. USA Today, "How Pence, Harris compared in the vice presidential debate," 8 Oct. 2020 Riders can now bring along friends and family and talk in public about the rides. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Waymo Opens Up its Driverless Taxis to More Phoenix Residents," 8 Oct. 2020 In the end, the judge said, there was no proof of a real plot to overthrow the government or kill police, only people engaging in unsavory talk. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Expert: Michigan 'a hotbed for militia activity,' with growing potential for violence," 8 Oct. 2020 When the talk turned to climate change, Pence echoed Trump in arguing that the wildfires raging through California have less to do with altered weather patterns than with a reluctance to clear out dead trees and underbrush. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Kamala Harris vs. Mike Pence takeaways: Coronavirus, ‘I’m speaking’ and California’s cameo," 7 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'talk.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of talk

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for talk

Verb

Middle English; akin to Old English talu tale

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about talk

Time Traveler for talk

Time Traveler

The first known use of talk was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for talk

Last Updated

30 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Talk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talk. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for talk

talk

verb
How to pronounce talk (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of talk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to say words in order to express your thoughts, feelings, opinions, etc., to someone
: to have a conversation or discussion with someone
: to have a conversation about (something)

talk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of talk (Entry 2 of 2)

: an occurrence in which one person talks about something with another person : a conversation or discussion
: the act of talking formally about something before a group of people : a speech or lecture
: a formal discussion between two or more groups that are trying to reach an agreement about something

talk

verb
\ ˈtȯk How to pronounce talk (audio) \
talked; talking

Kids Definition of talk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to express in speech : speak You're talking too fast.
2 : to speak about : discuss They're talking business.
3 : to cause or influence with words I talked them into agreeing.
4 : to use a certain language They were talking Spanish.
5 : to exchange ideas by means of spoken words : converse Let's sit and talk.
6 : to pass on information other than by speaking Can you talk with your hands?
7 : gossip entry 2 If you act that way, people will talk.
8 : to reveal secret information Officials forced the spy to talk.
talk over
: discuss sense 2 We need to talk over our vacation plans.

Other Words from talk

talker noun

talk

noun

Kids Definition of talk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of speaking with someone We had a talk.
2 : a way of speaking : language
4 : rumor entry 1 Has there been talk of war?
5 : the topic of comment or gossip The President's visit is the talk of the town.
6 : an informal address The coach gave us a talk to raise our spirits.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on talk

What made you want to look up talk? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!