talking head


Definition of talking head 

: the televised head and shoulders shot of a person talking also : a television personality who appears in such shots

Examples of talking head in a Sentence

The debate was followed by hours of talking heads analyzing the candidates' performances.

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But DeSantis assiduously courted Trump, aggressively booking himself on Fox News as a pro-Trump talking head and impressing the White House. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "4 winners and one loser from primary elections in Florida, Arizona, and Oklahoma," 29 Aug. 2018 As the principals met behind closed doors, talking heads filled the hours of rolling cable news coverage of the summit, replaying the footage of Trump and Kim shaking hands and parading around the property. Eli Stokols,, "Ready! Action! Summit!! Trump and Kim's meeting felt made for the cameras," 12 June 2018 While talking heads predicted Armageddon, President Trump’s strong stand against North Korea put Kim Jong Un back on his heels. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Ted Cruz Loses Last Scrap of Dignity, Writes Time Tribute to His Bully, Donald Trump," 19 Apr. 2018 Fran Lebowitz and Anna Wintour are among the many talking heads. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Summer 2018 Movie Release Schedule," 4 May 2018 As Sarah Ellison of the Washington Post has reported, Spicer’s previous attempts to land a television gig as a talking head since leaving the White House were spurned not just by CNN but by Fox News. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Rot on the Right, Green Shoots on the Left," 28 June 2018 Reliable Sources cut together a recent speech Trump delivered at Mar-a-Lago with the various Fox talking heads who first said each line. Luke Darby, GQ, "Here’s Video Evidence Trump Can’t Stop Cribbing Fox News Talking Points," 23 Apr. 2018 Grenell, meanwhile, seemed an ideal Trumpist standard-bearer — a former aide to national security adviser John Bolton, a Fox News talking head and an inveterate tormentor of journalists and Democrats on social media. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The U.S. ambassador in Germany flies the Trumpist flag," 5 June 2018 While the talking heads will tell you a sixth, seventh and even eighth-place teams from one of the five power conferences, plus the Big East, is a 'Cinderella' choice, don't buy it. Elton Alexander,, "NCAA Tournament Watch: Looking at some bracket buster candidates (video)," 17 Jan. 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of talking head

: a person who gives information or opinions on a television show and whose head and shoulders are shown on the television screen

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